Social mix, by including social housing tenures in private developments, is a widely used mechanism for improving access to social housing. Yet there is little evidence about its benefits despite growing interest in mechanisms such as inclusionary zoning. This report delivers a baseline of practitioner and resident perspectives about social mix at Nightingale Village, the first private housing development to voluntarily employ a social mix methodology. The project documents and examines the management and delivery of the social mix approach at Nightingale Village, evaluating likely outcomes, and documenting the perspectives of prospective residents.
Interviews with project developers and housing providers have gathered data about the delivery model, and with prospective residents about their perceptions. The findings provide points of consideration to industry and policy-makers about the application of social mix principles and the extent social mix contributes to more diverse and equitable housing outcomes, especially important in light of recent Victorian government social housing investments such as the Big Housing Build.