Wellbeing outcomes of lower income renters: a multilevel analysis of area effects

1 Aug 2014

This report uses statistical techniques to identify whether concentrations of social housing, diverse tenure mix or type or density of dwellings has effects on social wellbeing.

A critical assumption of area-based policies aiming to foster greater ‘social mix’ of communities is that the adverse consequences associated with concentrations of social disadvantage will be reduced. The main vehicle to facilitate contemporary policies of social mix in Australia has been through the promotion of ‘tenure mix’ where concentrations of social housing tenants are ‘dispersed’ among those renting privately or who own their homes. However, many of the assumptions underpinning social mix policies, particularly those based on tenure mix, are not well tested nor is there robust evidence that concentrated areas of social housing have an ‘area effect’ above and beyond the characteristics of those who live there. Moreover, policies of tenure mix tend to neglect the area-based wellbeing of those who are renting privately.

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