A 12-step plan to solve the housing crisis after Covid-19

When the Covid-19 emergency subsides, we will need to approach housing radically differently. Here’s how we do it

Private developments could be made viable by moving them into the public sector. Picture: Getty

Just as the country‘s housing supply was starting to increase after a decade of austerity-induced inactivity, Covid-19 has brought the construction sector to a shuddering halt. Public and private construction has ceased. Workers have been laid off or put on the wage subsidy scheme. The pre-construction pipeline involving architects, surveyors, design teams and procurement has been paused.

As more people are now out of work than during the last economic crash, future house sales will ...