There is a solution to housing stress but it requires a cultural and strategic rethink back to the days when ‘boarding houses’ were common for men and women. They were not seen as places harbouring social pariahs, dropkicks and, to use a disgusting American expression, ‘trailer trash’.
My father was an engineer with multiple degrees and indeed world patents to his name yet he lived in a boarding house, at Kings Cross no less, whilst in his 20’s in the 20’s. Then, there were no negative social mores associated with boarding houses. Rather they were ‘homes’ for people who needed good accommodation with a lifestyle. They were not last refuges for the dross.
To solve at least some of the issues we have, there needs to be a cultural shift away from owning your own Mc Mansion on lonely street to a community based lifestyle. This is not for everyone but for those who thrive on the ‘Café’ lifestyle it could indeed be a great way of life.