In­ter­na­tional Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion backs hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity

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THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (IHA) is­sued a world­wide call to ad­vance hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, dur­ing its 2015 In­terim Meet­ing in Ot­tawa, Canada.

The Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (HIA), Aus­tralia’s peak res­i­den­tial build­ing in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion is a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and sup­ports the IHA’s af­ford­abil­ity agenda.

“The IHA de­fines hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity as the avail­abil­ity of hous­ing which is rea­son­ably ad­e­quate in stan­dard and lo­ca­tion for lower or mid­dle in­come house­holds and does not cost so much that a house­hold is un­likely to be able to meet other ba­sic needs on a sus­tain­able ba­sis,” ex­plained HIA’s Kristin Brook­field.

“As we talk to other hous­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions across the globe, it is clear that there are com­mon is­sues im­pact­ing on af­ford­abil­ity, such as tax­a­tion on new hous­ing and ex­ces­sive charges for re­lated in­fra­struc­ture.”

“Through shar­ing strate­gies to ad­dress af­ford­abil­ity in­ter­na­tion­ally, it is hoped we can all ben­e­fit from new ap­proaches and learn from the mis­takes of other coun­tries.”

IHA mem­bers have agreed will pur­sue the fol­low­ing ac­tions to help ad­vance hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity across the world:

Iden­tify and share com­mon chal­lenges each of our or­gan­i­sa­tions con­fronts in meet­ing our in­di­vid­ual coun­try’s hous­ing needs.

Com­mit to shar­ing suc­cess­ful strate­gies im­ple­mented to ad­dress the above noted chal­lenges shared.

Ex­change knowl­edge and best prac­tices re­gard­ing tools and tech­niques de­signed to ad­dress the devel­op­ment of hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity – prior to con­struc­tion, dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase and over the life of the struc­ture.

Ad­dress prac­tices which di­rectly and neg­a­tively im­pact hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity such as govern­ment im­posed fees and taxes, and land use re­stric­tions.

Work in­di­vid­u­ally to men­tor and sup­port fel­low Mem­ber Or­gan­i­sa­tions as they ac­tively ad­dress hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity chal­lenges lo­cally.

Use ex­ist­ing in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions, as­so­ci­a­tions or in­ter­est groups, to fur­ther raise in­ter­na­tional fo­cus on this crit­i­cal hous­ing need.

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