City of Sydney challenges on affordable housing

C of S AH ChallengeIf you have ideas about more housing diversity, then the City of Sydney wants you to enter the Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge.

It’s open to anyone with new ideas for housing: property professionals, financiers, lawyers, community organisers, policy managers, planners, designers and students.

An expert jury will consider all entries and then six entrants will receive $20,000 each to develop their concepts.

Creative tenancy arrangements such as shared or co-operative living and new funding or delivery models are encouraged.

Less than 1 per cent of houses and apartments built in Sydney during the last eight years are classed as affordable – the City of Sydney defines this as high-quality rental housing for low-income workers provided, in perpetuity, at 30 per cent or less of a household’s gross income.

The challenge opens on Tuesday 26 March and closes Wednesday 8 May 2019.

To sign on for updates, go to: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/planning-for-2050/alternative-housing

Photo: Affordable housing in Portman Street, Zetland, built by City West Housing with City of Sydney support