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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 1999): Social Housing - Overseas

A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE

M. Britton
Housing, vol. 34, no. 5, June 1998, p. 46-47

Examines policies of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The NYCHA has had to tackle the devastating effects of serious crime. It no longer houses people with convictions for serious drug or violent offences, and operates a "one strike and you're out policy" to evict those convicted of serious crime while in public housing. On the other hand, social, economic and community-based programmes to improve the quality of life for residents form a major part of the NYCHA housing service.

IMPROVING OR ENDANGERING HOUSING POLICIES? RECENT CHANGES IN THE DUTCH HOUSING ALLOWANCE SCHEME

H. Priemus
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol.22, 1998, p. 320-330

In the Netherlands, the proportion of owner-occupied dwellings is relatively low and the proportion of social rented dwellings is extremely high. Following the implementation of a revised Housing Allowance Act in 1997, the annual expenditure by government on rent subsidies is expected to rise from 2.2 billion to over 3.0 billion guilders. Almost all recipients of housing allowance will be better off in the short term, but in the long term costs could spiral out of control leading to severe cut backs.

PRIVATISING PUBLIC HOUSING IN HONG KONG: ITS IMPACT ON EQUITY

A. La Grange
Housing Studies, vol.13, no.4, 1998, p. 507-525

Paper examined the impact of privatising public housing in a rapidly expanding Asian economy. It is proposed that changes in distribution of housing subsidies, changes in the quality and quantity of public housing, and changes in eligibility for public housing could have occurred. It was found that subsidies remain concentrated in the public rented sector. There has not been a reduction in the quality of public housing or a reduction in the construction programme. Eligibility for public rented housing has not been reduced.

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