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Improving access to social housing: paradigms, principles and reforms

3 May 2007
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Social housing in Australia is under pressure. Put simply, demand remains high, whilst the annual supply of vacant homes available to allocate to households has declined markedly over the last fifteen years. This report examines in detail some options to improve access to social housing.Social housing in Australia is under pressure. Put simply, demand remains high, whilst the annual supply of vacant homes available to allocate to households has declined markedly over the last fifteen years. States and territories, which currently provide more than nine in ten dwellings in the sector, have responded in a number of ways. They have rationed access to existing social housing to households with the most urgent and complex needs. They are attempting to draw in additional resources from the not-for-profit and private sectors in developing a more diverse social housing sector with an increasing range of providers, delivering a greater range of products and services. This inevitably raises questions about how well traditional administrative applications/allocations systems work and what options are available that may deliver better outcomes for households, providers and the sector overall. This report examines in detail some options to improve access to social housing.

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