What is housing justice?
Housing justice acknowledges the fundamental injustices of Australian society. It traces the origins of the housing crisis to the theft of First Nations lands and waters.
Invasion brought colonial worldviews which made land into a commodity rather than a relationship. Capitalism made housing about profit margins and market speculation. Now, over a hundred thousand people are homeless on this continent alone, with a million more living in substandard housing. If you're "lucky", secure housing comes with a mountain of debt.
Housing justice is about everyone living with dignity, regardless of income, without working away the best years of your life. The ultimate goal is to treat housing as a right, not a commodity.
Housing justice poster
We have commissioned Emily Kate Hicks to produce a poster envisioning what a neighbourhood with housing justice might look and feel like.
Download our Housing Justice Poster here!
Image description: an illustrated vision of a neighbourhood with the title Housing Justice: Homes for All. There street has planted out verges and lots of people are walking and playing on the road. There is a community meeting on the right hand side of the road and an urban farm with free food available. On the left side of the street are six houses, two medium sized apartment buildings, and a housing co-operative - these are built onto a hill that tapers off towards the right side of the image. There are a lot of trees in the image and no fences. It's close to sunset and both the sky is full of vivid colours. There are ten ideas in text bubbles which read (from left to right): Housing is a human right, not a commodity. Land is a sacred entity, not private property.; Non-profit affordable community housing or public housing available to all.; Reparations and land rights for First Nations communities.; Caps on rent increases, no unjustified evictions, and a right to longer-term leases to ensure renting is secure and affordable.; Renters have a right to own a pet, and to make minor changes like painting the walls, putting up shelves, and planting a garden.; Abolish tax breaks which encourage property investment.; A vacancy levy to discourage investors from leaving good homes empty.; Diverse range of co-housing projects to provide alternatives for empty-nesters and counteract social isolation.; Community control of neighbourhood planning.; A fairer system that offers secure housing without taking on a lifetime of mortgage debt.