Federal and State housing policies have changed the face of public housing, which is increasingly becoming the accommodation of last resort. This social residualisation of public housing in Australia and elsewhere has meant that sustaining tenancies is a challenge for public housing authorities because of the need to balance the sometimes conflicting objectives of social outcomes for tenants with difficult behaviours and the neighbours and communities who are negatively impacted upon by their behaviour, to say nothing of the need for sustainability outcomes for business managers in social housing. The difficulties of meeting this challenge not only increase the risk of homelessness for these vulnerable tenants through their eviction, but may also threaten the tenancies of those affected by their behaviours.

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