Who stays, who leaves and why? Occupancy patterns at Unison Housing between 2014 and 2016

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Executive summary

Social housing provides safe, secure, long-term accommodation for some of the most disadvantaged households in the community.

Social housing organisations in Australia must deal with expectations to house people with complex needs, build more cohesive communities and, at the same time remain financially viable. Their work occurs in a policy environment that entails ambiguities around whom to house, and the amount of time for which it is desirable to accommodate people living in social housing.

For social housing providers tenancy turnover can be a serious issue simply because high turnover can have significant social and economic costs. For Unison to achieve its social and economic objectives, as well as effectively engage with the complex policy environment in which they operate, a robust understanding of occupancy patterns and their determinants is necessary

This report examines tenancy turnover at Unison – how long people stay and why they leave. Although there are several ways of examining tenancy turnover this report examines tenancy decay rates, or the proportion of tenancies that remain intact or exit, within a specified period. The report examines decay rates among 967 tenancies that commenced in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in order to answer questions:

  1. What are the decay rates at Unison Housing?
  2. Have the decay rates changed over time?
  3. Why do people leave Unison housing
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Unison Housing Research Lab Research Report No. 2