This project is one of three research projects supporting a major AHURI Evidence-Based Policy Inquiry entitled “Increasing affordable housing supply: evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice”, led by the University of Sydney. The project is investigated the financial parameters and affordability outcomes of six carefully selected exemplar affordable housing developments that have included a variety of social and affordable housing types (rental and ownership). It used the evidence collected to develop the Affordable Housing Assessment Tool (AHAT) that is capable of appraising project level affordability outcomes for given policy scenarios in different market contexts.
The project core aims were to:
The research adopted a project level analysis to help address the inquiry’s overall concerns with the efficacy of existing affordable housing strategies. Key data obtained from project analysis was used to develop a model which is capable of forecasting affordable housing outcomes for a given level of inputs under different market scenarios.
The specific research questions the project will answer are: