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“Every day I feel blessed": Experiences of new home owners exiting public housing into an affordable housing project in Melbourne

Katrina Raynor, Melanie O'Neil

2018 Joint APNHR and AHRC Conference | Published : 2018

Abstract

The role of social housing in Australia is changing. From a focus on government-led provision of housing for working-class families in the years following World War II, social housing is increasingly considered a safety net or an interim option for only the most vulnerable households. Government policy and rhetoric now focuses on encouraging tenants to move out as soon as their financial situation allows it. However, many households that leave public housing experience substantially higher levels of housing stress due to a lack of alternative secure and affordable housing options in the private market. A 34-unit development undertaken by a private developer in Melbourne, Australia, presents ..

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