Better housing futures: stimulating private investment in affordable housing

The Allen Consulting Group

This report prepared for the Affordable Housing Forum documents an investigation of policy options to finance an increased supply of affordable rental housing.

This is needed because the shortage of such housing limits low-income households' access to employment and services, whereas well-located affordable housing contributes to efficient labour markets and economic growth.

The authors considered three options: government bonds, public–private partnerships and tax credits. They argue that a relatively modest financial outlay by government would be sufficient to alleviate housing stress and achieve substantial social and economic benefits.

Last updated on 29 April 2020