The results of the last federal election would indicate that the world is caught up in something of a populist wave—one separated from the sphere of progressive ideals and policies.

Before the election, the expansion of 250,000 affordable properties was being actively discussed—a concept that would dramatically shift the state of our housing landscape.

With no substantial increase in affordable housing funding on the horizon, boards and housing committees are looking for a solution.

And the need is pressing, with recent research indicating a shortage of 433,000 social housing properties in Australia. Yet according to ABC’s 2019 Vote Compass, a mere 5 percent of voters regarded “Housing and the Cost of Living” as the issue that most concerns them.

And the apathy spans across the board. The interest gap between Labor and LNP-aligned voters was only 1 percent, with both parties calling it only their ninth most important issue.

We definitely need to educate and generate support for affordable housing in Australia, and to collaborate with government, cross benchers and their supporters to come up with impactful laws and policies to address this longstanding issue. We can’t be impassive and inactive, but instead must work together to come up with a solution.

The change must start with the individual. We must recognize that different people come from different backgrounds, and have different values and priorities. We must see through this to find common ground.

We all want to see quality housing available for everyone, including safe places for our kids to grow. We all must work toward this goal.

The top issues that people care about include jobs, debt reduction, schools, hospitals and roads. So we must explore the possibilities of affordable housing as a means of creating jobs, generating tax revenues and economic activity; environmentalism and reduced environmental impact through the construction of high density housing; the many benefits of home ownership for those who need affordable housing; the assets of mixed-tenure projects; reduced tax rates for community housing organisations; the building of safer affordable communities to reduce crime rates; and the importance of housing accommodations for those with disabilities.