The following paper presents key learnings from the Housing Ideas Forum. It also highlights a range of opportunities and a proposed pathway forward.
The Housing Ideas Forum focused on ideas, rather than well documented issues on the matter. It was attended by 25 people representing industry, government, not for profits and community. The forum was produced and facilitated by RDAMNC and co-produced by Housing Matters who also provided a speaker (Kerry Pearse) on the day. Dr. Michael Darcy, an affordable housing expert also spoke on the day.
The meeting focused on affordable housing exploring challenges, opportunities and actions surrounding the implementation of more affordable housing in the Mid North Coast.
Arguably this problem has been hurtling towards us for some time now and the worrisome mix of insufficient investment in social housing coupled with an aging population, inadequate public transport, difficulties accessing building materials and inadequate development that takes accessibility and amenity into account has created what some may see as the perfect storm.