Enabling the Family through Housing Programs
Family provides the basic needs of life, which are food, clothing, and of course, shelter. We hold the position of the family in high esteem that Family First has established a housing program that enables families to live comfortably in the home before and after retirement. We help people own their homes and create an environment for peaceful co-existence within and outside the homes.
Ownership of homes is a representation of equality of rights among humans. The home serves as a shelter for all members of a family. It is a place of relaxation after a long day. It is also regarded as the safest haven created by a family for themselves.
Homeless people cannot possibly go about their work without thinking much about their situation. Most times, they have to move frequently- a major sign of instability and are exposed to the harsh effects of the weather. More so, a family can only gather wealth and resources under a shelter. Nonetheless, in Australia, ownership of a house is a big dream.
We acknowledge the social implications as well as economic and moral consequences when housing affordability is on the decrease. Lack of family homes does not mean well for any country.
Research into the cause of the decline in family homes ownership reveals that housing plan has never been unaffordable. Rather, people are experiencing a shortfall in the supply of lands. The government would rather deal with issues surrounding demand drivers that include: income tax or tax from capital gains, interest rates, negative gearing, grants, immigration rates, and readily accessible finances. This problem has caused housing to be considered a privilege for a few other than everyone’s entitlement.
However, the government must understand the repercussion of these actions. Scarcity of lands means a scarcity of housing outlets, which would ultimately increase the cost of rents. It may also end up driving families out of their homes or leaving families with no retirement plan. No doubt, it is a seed planted to yield fruits of vices.
To resolve this problem and ensure it does not affect the generations after us, Family First suggests the following:
First, there is a need for the removal of boundary restrictions placed on urban cities. This would enable expanding such urban cities into rural areas. That is, some of the restricted lands in rural areas should be given out for residential purposes.
Afterwards, town planning should be made easier by privatising the sector. Any qualified town-planner outside of government agencies should approve planning processes in line with the local government development plan.
Following this, provision of basic amenities in the environment (such as good water, sewage disposal facilities, tarred roads, electricity, lighting up of the streets, etc.) through enhancing negotiations between buyers and developers should be encouraged. Therefore, the responsibility would not rest solely on the government.
Also, all infrastructure charges should be post-paid and not pre-paid. Finally, the abolition of compulsory master planning only widens the gap between large income earners and small payers. Undertaking housing projects should not feel as forceful as it is on residents. Families must be given a choice in their planning, and small payers must be encouraged.