Affordable Housing Case Studies
To promote best practice and innovation in affordable housing design and development, we collect national and international case studies of successful affordable housing developments.
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ALL CASE STUDIES
The Broome North estate, which has won a Master Builders Award, comprises 30 homes located on three separate lots and was built for key service workers.
67 Bennett Street, East Perth
The Bennett Street development has been built with sustainability in mind. It comprises 70 units and is home to low-income singles and couples.
There are 17 one-bedroom apartments and 52 studio apartments and one caretaker unit.
Delancey Street, San Francisco
The Delancey Street mixed-use complex houses approximately 500 people in 177 two-bedroom residential units for low to moderate income earners, and those at risk of homelessness. The development is four stories, and spans over a whole city block. The development includes street level retail tenancies, vocational schools, a public restaurant, an outdoor espresso café, and bookstore.
Viva Verde, New York
Via Verde is an example of sustainable, green design focused on delivering improved community health and socioeconomic outcomes in an inclusive, environmentally-conscious building. The mixed-use, mixed-income development consists of 151 rental apartments and 71 co-ops provided in three buildings, including 2-4 storey townhouses, 6-13 storey mid-rise duplex apartment development, and a 20-storey apartment tower. It also comprises of a central courtyard overlooked by residences, ground-level retail, a community health centre comprising of a medical centre and fitness centre, and a 40,000m2 terraced rooftop garden.
2802 Pico Housing, Santa Monica
The four-storey mixed-use development known as 2802 Pico Housing provides 33 affordable housing units offering ten three-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom rental units at 25 to 30 percent below market rate, in addition to a retail space, laundry facilitates, a community centre, and a children’s play area for the Santa Monica area.
Paseo Verde, Pennsylvania
For years, the busy above-ground regional rail station at Temple University looked out onto the parking lot of a municipal gas utility. The city sold the site for $1 in 2010 to Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a local, Latino-based health, human services, and community and economic development nonprofit organisation, and New York City–based developer Jonathan Rose Companies. The mixed-income, mixed-use Paseo Verde includes 120 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, of which 67 are targeted for households earning less than 100 percent of annual median income for the area (AMI) and 53 for households earning 20 to 60 percent of AMI.
Beaver Barracks, Ontario
In Ottawa’s downtown, the site of a former World War II barracks and mess hall has been developed into 254 mixed income housing units. Completed in 2012, it consists of apartment buildings and townhouses. Forty-five percent of residents pay rent geared to income, with 30 percent of their gross household income going to rent; and 15 percent pay 70 percent of the area’s average market-rate rents.
Lime Street, East Perth
The St Bartholomew's House development located on Lime Street in East Perth provides housing for 148 people – many older and/or at risk of homelessness. The development is made up of 12 one-bedroom crisis units, 42 transitional housing beds, a 40-bed aged care facility, and 54 one-bedroom residential units providing a long-term affordable housing option.
Lightsview is a land development joint venture between the State government’s urban development authority Renewal SA and publically-listed land development company CIC Australia. A key innovation at Lightsview has been the state government’s introduction of zoning to allow small lot, higher-density residential development. Land prices start from $62,000 for a 68 square metre allotment which has a 10.5m frontage, and house-and-land packages are priced from around $300,000.
Kyme Place, Port Melbourne
The Kyme Place development in Port Melbourne is a 27 dwelling building, comprising five 1-bedroom units and 22 studios across three levels above a Council-owned car park. The development 'air rights' were transferred from the City of Port Phillip to the Port Phillip Housing Association, and the project was supported by a significant financially by the Victorian State Government. The households allocated to the project have a mix of housing backgrounds, many having experienced homelessness or housing related stress.
Kensington Estate Redevelopment, Melbourne
The Kensington Estate Redevelopment project transformed an ageing 1960s public housing estate into a mixed community of public, social and private housing with a unique approach to community development. Over 200 new public homes, 220 renovated public homes, 490 new private homes and 15 social housing properties were completed as part of the redevelopment.
Iroko Housing Co-operative, London
The Iroko Housing Co-operative in South Bank, London provides 59 homes, including 32 five-bedroom houses, 6 are three-bedroom maisonettes and 21 one and two bedroom maisonettes and flats (including one flat designed for a wheelchair user) designed around a communal garden. The homes are let at affordable rents (from £76 a week including service charge for a one-bedroom flat to £123 per week for a five-bedroom house) to individuals and families in housing need who can show good reason to live in the area.
Inkerman Oasis, Melbourne
The Inkerman Oasis development is the first example of developer provided community housing in Australia. In 2000 Council contributed land and transferred the development risk to Inkerman Developments in return for the delivery of 28 units of community housing that were to be mixed in a cluster and salt and pepper manner with 231 private housing apartments and 5 retail tenancies in 6 five level buildings.
Imouto Housing for Young Women, Atira Women’s Resource Society, Vancouver
The Imouto Housing for Young Women developed by the Atira Women’s Resource Society provides a combination of 18 units of transitional and 12 units of long-term accommodation fro young women, ages 16 – 24; and older women, over the age of 55. A rundown hotel and 12 decommissioned shipping containers were converted to affordable housing for women fleeing violence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Hopkins Street, Moonah
The Hopkins Street development contains 30 one and two-bedroom units with communal facilities for tenants and visitors to use. Six of the units are customised for people with disabilities. Hopkins Street demonstrates that underused sites can be put to good use without compromising on quality to deliver modern, well-designed housing at affordable prices.
Constance Street, Brisbane
The Constance Street development consists of 79 units, including 24 one-bedroom apartments and 55 studios. Two apartments are fully accessible and one apartment is reserved for a caretaker. This development won the National Award for Multiple Housing, National Architecture Awards 2013, National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture, National Architecture Awards 2013, and shortlisted at the 2014 World Architecture Festival Awards.
Camperdown Common Ground Project, Sydney
Camperdown Common Ground Project, SydneyThe Camperdown Common Ground Project is an innovative six-storey property consisting of a range of accommodation options including 104 self contained studios, one and two bedroom apartments as well as space for on-site support services on the ground floor. The project offers wrap around support to tenants providing a wide range of services including case management, psychiatric clinics, general practitioners, chiropractic clinics, psychological services, podiatry and mental health case management.
Building for Diversity, Northbridge
The Foundation Housing Newcastle Street development is a project which demonstrates a partnership between Foundation Housing, WA Department of Housing, CODA studios, Pyramid Construction and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. It provides 62 inner-city dwellings including 44 hostel bedrooms, six two-bedroom and 11 one-bedroom apartments, alongside eight commercial tenancies, giving access to local services and amenities, including social enterprise café.
Ashwood-Chadstone Gateway Project, Melbourne
The Port Phillip Housing Association development in Ashwood-Chadstone, Victoria provides 282 units over 4 buildings and 9 townhouses. 72 units were sold to private owners and 201 units and the townhouses were retained by PPHA for community housing. One building of 93 units is allocated to older persons 55 years and over and has capability for tenants to age in place, mobility friendly, modifiable features and the ability to establish on-site support.
Gipps Street, Melbourne
The Common Equity Housing development in Abbotsford, Victoria provides 59 units; 25 of which have been retained by CEH, 6 apartments which were also purchased by disability housing providers, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Summer Foundation. The social/private composition of the development has encouraged community integration and enabled CEHL to deliver the affordable housing units on a cash neutral basis (i.e net profits from the sale of the private units have been channelled into CEHL's capital exposure on the project).