The Australian Crisis That is Overcrowding
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Different nations of the world go through different difficulties. In some countries, overpopulation while others, it’s poverty. In Australia, it’s housing unaffordability. The housing unaffordability crisis has been a topic of conversation for years now. More and more people are struggling to buy their own homes, let alone, save up for that deposit. One of the effects of this problem? Overcrowded homes.
What is overcrowding?
There is a certain number of occupants per dwelling to capably accommodate every single one. However, if there is a need to add more than the requirement because of the demand or because simply, there is no other choice, overcrowding happens. Overcrowding according to many experts is one of the most prevalent yet overlooked at problems Australia is facing right now. In fact, even back in 2011, about 41,390 had to settle for overcrowded dwellings which were said to be a one-third increase from 2006.
Not all of the areas in the country are deeply affected. Among all the states in Australia, Sydney, and Melbourne, two of the most densely populated and expensive cities are the most affected by this crisis. However, the highest rate can be seen most in middle city areas—fortunately, this excludes Adelaide.
How is overcrowding exactly a result of the housing affordability crisis?
The housing affordability crisis has reached a whole new level. As I have previously mentioned, it has been a huge issue for some time now that even private organizations are taking matters into their hands. More rooming houses are built that allow for shared accommodation. According to recent stats, the homelessness rate has increased, concentrated in the major cities. However, because there is an urgent need to solve this, a different situation arose.
For instance, the media just recently reported that about 10 people are crammed up into a two-bedroom unit. To make things worse, about 58 beds are crammed into makeshift rooms that are not even presentable. Homelessness and housing unaffordability have put pressure on the housing sector, which means, overcrowded rooms are considered better alternatives than letting homeless people sleep on the streets.
But why is overcrowding a problem?
Two words: safety and security.
Dwellings are built to accommodate only a certain number of people. When it goes beyond that, so many things could go wrong. There is a danger when both space and privacy are compromised. Which is why following a standard for dwellings is important. There have been reports of fatal fire incidents because appropriate standards were not met. This is something that can be clearly avoided if strict rules and regulations are observed.
While it is understandable that certain situations are not foreseen, there is no denying the overcrowding is a big problem.
What could be the best solution for this?
Obviously, there is a need to perform broader measures to perform to improve the affordable housing supply. More programs are needed which would also mean extra funding for more projects. There is also a great need for more collaborations with organizations that would be able to cater to people that need housing accommodation. Monitoring the overcrowding rate is also a great way to control it especially in major cities.