Transitioning into the post-pandemic world: How building homes can rebuild lives
For many years now, it has been a challenge to house every Australian. So many factors come into play – specifically, the availability of housing options. The housing crisis became even more apparent during the pandemic, which, in a way, reminded us what’s real and what’s important. Recent research talked about how the construction and building industry can become an important tool in helping the economy recover – and how it can rebuild lives.
While the coronavirus is most likely here to stay, we cannot allow it to control our lives any longer. The next step out of the situation is to plan the transition into the new normal. The housing industry has a role to play and it is huge.
How can building homes will rebuild lives? Here are the ways.
Safety and Security
Australia has been struggling to find a solution to house so many homeless people. Out there, there’s nothing but pure chaos and uncertainty. Not having your own space that is safe and secure could have a tremendous impact on our physical and mental health. There is a direct link between mental health issues and homelessness. Anyone who doesn’t feel safe will most definitely find it difficult to live a normal life. Building new homes for Australians will give them a chance to rebuild what they have lost because of the pandemic - a new opportunity to begin again during this crazy time.
So many have lost their livelihood during the pandemic and it would take time to regain whatever the losses financially. Employment is an important factor to be able to start anew. The building and construction industry has always been regarded as a mechanism for delivering economic stimulus which results in more jobs for everyone. More employed Australians means more opportunities for a better future. Because the industry is considered to be among the top industries that sustain and drive an economy, it is critical that the industry continues. If there are more building projects, many workers could find jobs and earn money. Eventually, they will be able to find themselves in a much better situation.
Changes create opportunities for innovation. Because we have to adapt to the current state of our economy, we get to innovate and maybe make things better for everyone. For example, before the pandemic, rough sleeping almost seemed like it’s never going to go away. But the pandemic showed us that it actually can be solved by creating interventions that have not been done before. Rough sleepers were placed in more permanent accommodation such as hotels to prevent them from getting infected by the virus. Plus, renters were also given options as a form of assistance. These innovations were not initially thought of because there wasn’t exactly a need for it (or so it seemed) but the situation showed us that building more housing options could save so many lives.
The housebuilding industry is seen to give so many lives another chance, but the level of interventions could be much greater. While the HomeBuilder grant and other schemes are instrumental to gaining momentum, according to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, there have to be interventions targeted at both the multi-residential and detached sector as well as units from the government.
Xotel has been committed to helping Australians in need of a safe space and we are willing to work with organizations and the government to solve the homelessness problem in the country.