Affordable Housing Partnerships: Lessons for Melbourne ’s Transforming Housing Project from Portland, Vancouver and Toronto

Transforming Housing is a Melbourne action research partnership facilitated by the University of Melbourne, involving local and state government, private and non-profit developers, private and philanthropic investors, and affordable housing advocates. The current focus of the research is on exploring options in terms of better policy and investment mechanisms, in order to move partners towards actions. The next stage of action research is intended to test out affordable housing innovation prototypes in 4-6 demonstration projects, within the rubric of an International Affordable Housing Solutions Competition.

The purpose of this paper is to summarize how affordable housing partnerships in three cities with similar planning regimes, population pressures, affordability dilemmas, and housing typologies, are developing innovative approaches, and derive lessons from these partnerships for Melbourne.

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Melbourne; Portland; Vancouver; Toronto