Draft Homelessness, Social & Affordable Housing Policy for Consultation

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Give us your thoughts on the City of Adelaide Draft Homelessness, Social & Affordable Housing Policy

Consultation information and background

The purpose of this policy is to clarify the City of Adelaide’s (CoA) role in relation to homelessness, social housing (public and community) and affordable housing, and to provide a clear framework for decision making in this important area of public policy.

The policy responds to the CoA’s overarching vision for Adelaide to become the most liveable city in the world. Appropriate and affordable housing is a key component of liveability. It also supports the CoA's aspiration to achieve residential population growth in a well-planned and inclusive manner, functional zero homelessness and improved health and housing outcomes for vulnerable people and young people.

The CoA believes that encouraging more people to make the City of Adelaide their home is core to the continued economic and social growth of the city. Diverse housing stock that meets a range of needs and lifestyles, including the most vulnerable, will ensure the city is a welcoming and inclusive place that attracts more people to live here.

The policy responds to the expectations of the State Government as laid out in Our Housing Future 2020-2030.

It also responds to the strategic direction and life cycle of the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-2024 by setting out the role of CoA in supporting homelessness, social and affordable housing over the next three years.

The purpose of this engagement is to:

  • Inform stakeholders and the community of Council’s proposed approach with respect to homelessness, social and affordable housing
  • Seek feedback on the proposed policy and background paper, including whether the issues identified through the targeted informal consultation process have been accurately captured
  • Seek feedback on Council’s proposed role in homelessness, social and affordable housing as outlined in the Policy
  • Seek feedback on how Council can maximise the effectiveness of its advocacy and faciliatory roles proposed in the Policy

Providing feedback

You can provide your feedback on the draft Policy via email to HSAHPolicy@cityofadelaide.com.au or through completing any or all of the surveys below:

The General Survey provides an opportunity for feedback on the overall intent of the Policy and Council's roles across the housing spectrum

There are also issues based surveys designed to seek feedback to more detailed questions on the proposed actions and outcomes for each specific area of the Policy. These provide an opportunity for more detailed targeted responses to areas of specific interest by stakeholders.

If you would like to leave us any thoughts instead of, or in addition to, completing one or more of the surveys, you can do so using the 'Guestbook' function here or via the Guestbook tab at the bottom of the page.

All feedback provided will inform the finalisation of the Policy and enable Council to proceed with implementation of the outcomes sought.

For more information - see below:

Consultation Information PackDraft Homelessness, Social & Affordable Housing Policy
Background Paper to the Homelessness, Social and Affordable Housing Policy


Consultation closes at 5.00pm on Friday 18 February



Give us your thoughts on the City of Adelaide Draft Homelessness, Social & Affordable Housing Policy

Consultation information and background

The purpose of this policy is to clarify the City of Adelaide’s (CoA) role in relation to homelessness, social housing (public and community) and affordable housing, and to provide a clear framework for decision making in this important area of public policy.

The policy responds to the CoA’s overarching vision for Adelaide to become the most liveable city in the world. Appropriate and affordable housing is a key component of liveability. It also supports the CoA's aspiration to achieve residential population growth in a well-planned and inclusive manner, functional zero homelessness and improved health and housing outcomes for vulnerable people and young people.

The CoA believes that encouraging more people to make the City of Adelaide their home is core to the continued economic and social growth of the city. Diverse housing stock that meets a range of needs and lifestyles, including the most vulnerable, will ensure the city is a welcoming and inclusive place that attracts more people to live here.

The policy responds to the expectations of the State Government as laid out in Our Housing Future 2020-2030.

It also responds to the strategic direction and life cycle of the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-2024 by setting out the role of CoA in supporting homelessness, social and affordable housing over the next three years.

The purpose of this engagement is to:

  • Inform stakeholders and the community of Council’s proposed approach with respect to homelessness, social and affordable housing
  • Seek feedback on the proposed policy and background paper, including whether the issues identified through the targeted informal consultation process have been accurately captured
  • Seek feedback on Council’s proposed role in homelessness, social and affordable housing as outlined in the Policy
  • Seek feedback on how Council can maximise the effectiveness of its advocacy and faciliatory roles proposed in the Policy

Providing feedback

You can provide your feedback on the draft Policy via email to HSAHPolicy@cityofadelaide.com.au or through completing any or all of the surveys below:

The General Survey provides an opportunity for feedback on the overall intent of the Policy and Council's roles across the housing spectrum

There are also issues based surveys designed to seek feedback to more detailed questions on the proposed actions and outcomes for each specific area of the Policy. These provide an opportunity for more detailed targeted responses to areas of specific interest by stakeholders.

If you would like to leave us any thoughts instead of, or in addition to, completing one or more of the surveys, you can do so using the 'Guestbook' function here or via the Guestbook tab at the bottom of the page.

All feedback provided will inform the finalisation of the Policy and enable Council to proceed with implementation of the outcomes sought.

For more information - see below:

Consultation Information PackDraft Homelessness, Social & Affordable Housing Policy
Background Paper to the Homelessness, Social and Affordable Housing Policy


Consultation closes at 5.00pm on Friday 18 February



Draft Homelessness, Social and Affordable Housing Policy Guest Book

Please provide your feedback on the draft Homelessness, Social and Affordable Housing Policy by leaving a comment below.

I urge CoA to ensure more social housing is prioritised. Council's role may be to be a strong advocate and create opportunities for that to be developed in the city. Affordable housing is too expensive for many and it appears no checks are consistently made to ensure that the affordable housing options are taken up in the city. The focus needs to ensure eligible people can access it rather than developers have a way to get some benefits from ostensibly including it as required.

MarjonMartin 3 months ago

Submitted on behalf of Leon Ferrante (email response 3 Feb 2022)

Hi,

I have read some of the details on the Draft Homelessness, Social & Affordable Housing Policy and have the following feedback:

I think any plan like this should be a long term vision of integrated housing that includes looking at diverse types of dwelling in style and size and also consider living near work and being able to get to work by walking or public transport. This is important for any city dwellings for homeless or otherwise. Often plans can be short term and expire quickly or be terminated by successive governments.
One example is NRAS and I read in your draft that:
NRAS has ended so what now?

"There is no proposed replacement for this program that offers subsidised rentals through the private market, despite rental stress increasing, and Covid-19 creating further stress on low income households"

So I think what we need is long terms sensible visions that cater for the needs of all strata of our society and build a city that runs like a living organism and is both beautiful and efficient.

Also, consciously planned spaces and plantings should be implemented to enhance the lives of residents. The city has many spaces, but often they are not well designed for purpose to cater for the needs of people that inhabit or visit the city. We have many spaces that are perfect to be planted with various food plants and spaces should allow people to sit, play and interact and have functional areas including plant shade canopies for clean air and protection from sun.

For the poor or homeless there needs to be functional housing that is individually suited and affordable or subsidised and not just built to provide private developers with a way of using building incentives. Will the building be done by govt or by private developers? Who gets to input in overall design of dwellings spaces and plantings? It would be good if planning could be done to consider the real needs of the residents and give them a voice in the planning.

Also there needs to be consideration of existing infrastructure and amenities and shops for the intended residents. Often we build apartments with a cafe on the ground floor, but what other amenities do the residents need? I'm sure residents would have a long list.

Another thing that is important is the way the plans and details are presented for input and feedback. Sometimes these documents are very wordy and contain specialized terms. I think plans should be simple in overall detail and present the major principles in an easy to understand format with visual representations so that they are easy for all to understand and comment on.
It is easy to use terms like "liveable city", but you need to clearly define what that means and for who.

In my opinion a liveable city would be one that has convenient and cheap public transport that is quick and efficient. It should also have safe walking and biking tracks and less cars and trucks.
It should have public seating readily accessible for people walking to be able to sit and rest. The city should have a large set of plantings of tress and other plants to keep the city cool and clean the air. It should be a safe city with ample lighting and so on. I also think the planting of trees like plane trees contributes to the allergy problem so plant selection is vital and there should be community gardens and food plants all over. But I must admit I rarely see these things in draft plans and they just seem to be done ad lib after plan implementation. The city should not have cars, just public transport and axis. The cars could be parked outside the city square and people could walk, ride or bus to the centre. Imagine how much cleaner the air would be in this liveable city.
I think planning a liveable city is not just about the housing, but what supports and goes around the housing and makes the city liveable of course.

I have many ideas about how I would expect our city to be more liveable and I'm sure others do too, but how do we get our ideas implemented? That is the key.

Cheers
Leon Ferrante

HSAH Policy Project Team 4 months ago