Please do not get me wrong. The title might suggest I disagree with social purpose, which I do not. I wholeheartedly believe that social housing
A lot of people own a lot of things, from socks to mugs, to phones to sofas. But, is owning lots of stuff something that is still fit for the 21st century and beyond?
Caroline Duvier asks this while thinking about reusing stuff, furniture poverty, offering the option of a furnished tenancy in social housing, and much more in this article!
Stichting Statiegeld op Jeugd is a Dutch initiative that is seeking to combat the housing crisis in the Netherlands. They do so by proposing a housing ‘format’ where existing homes, mostly occupied by ’empty nesters’ are split up into two homes, allowing the older generation to stay in their own homes AND create more social housing out of existing properties!
Suss Housing have created ‘SHIFT’; a sustainability standard for the housing sector.
It is an independent assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets. They have kindly shared their view on the Social Housing White Paper from an environmental angle.
The Minister for Communities at Stormont recently delivered a major statement on housing policy which was then lauded from almost all sides.
In this article, University of Birmingham Lecturer and researcher Stewart Smyth takes a deeper look at what the Minister said and argues that there is an intention to privatise the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
How we talk about social housing, market it and find new funders to build more of it is not a straightforward thing. Language matters, and has a lot more power and influence than people think. Sana Malik, a PhD student at Universiti Sains Malaysia, shares with us how language matters in the case of social housing in Pakistan.