Addressing the stigmatisation of social housing

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Date
2012-02
Authors
Jacobs, Keith
Arthurson, Kathy
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Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
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Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Abstract
The stigmatisation of social housing neighbourhoods in Australia can be traced to under-investment in social housing, which contributes to poor maintenance, and allocation of housing to the most disadvantaged and marginalised tenants. These policies have unintentionally reinforced a sense of social division and undermined subsequent efforts to improve the welfare of residents. Previous AHURI research has found that there is a need to address poor perceptions of social housing in the wider community, and that changes in such attitudes will not be brought about simply by reinvesting in public housing. In order to address these attitudes, it is necessary to understand how stigmatisation of social housing works. This Investigative Panel research project sought to develop understandings of the stigmatisation of social housing through targeted discussions and utilisation of social theory.
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This bulletin is based on AHURI project 40600, The problem of social housing stigmatisation and innovations that can minimise its effects (Investigative Panel). “Copyright 2012 AHURI Limited. Published version of the paper reproduced here with permission from the publisher.” This is the publisher's copryight version of this article, the original can be found at: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/151
Keywords
Housing, Stigmatisation, Public housing
Citation
Jacobs, K. and Arthurson, K. (2012) Addressing the stigmatisation of social housing, AHURI Research and Policy Bulletin No. 151, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, http://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-and-policy-bulletins/151.