Housing, May 2001, p.18-21
Report of an interview with Henk Westra, one of the architects of the Delft model of choice-based allocation of social housing.
Housing, May 2001, p.22-25
Presents a comparative study of policies and procedures for social housing allocation in different European countries. Examines the role of central and regional governments in determining and influencing lettings and allocations policies, the relationship between local authorities and housing associations, and policies to avoid the residualisation of social housing and the creation of sink estates.
Housing Studies, vol. 16, 2001, p.277-289
The Netherlands Rent Subsidy Act 1997 reduces the rent ratio for low-income tenants considerably. Nevertheless the net rent ratios for low-income households have increased considerably since the mid-1980s. The Rent Subsidy Act is an open-ended scheme and that makes it highly probable that budget cuts would be enforced if expenses increased disproportionately in economically hard times. Owner occupiers in the fourth income decile and above enjoy more state support than tenants through fiscal arrangements. Public policy (rent subsidy plus income tax) is apparently not tenure neutral. Both low income home owners and tenants would benefit from a reformulation of housing policy and the income tax system in a more tenure-neutral direction.
W. Ostendorf, S. Musterd and S. de Vos
Housing Studies, vol. 16, 2001, p.371-380
In order to prevent concentrations of poverty from forming, a new area-based policy was formulated in the Netherlands which aimed to restructure the urban housing market at the neighbourhood level and mix high quality with low quality houses. Article addresses present poverty concentrations and housing stock mix characteristics in Amsterdam. By comparing neighbourhoods that already have a mixed housing stock to homogeneous neighbourhoods, it has been possible to see whether mixing really does correspond to significantly lower poverty rates. Results show that mixing does not in fact reduce poverty, and it is concluded that the policy does not have an empirical base.
Y. P. Wang
Urban Affairs Review, vol. 36, 2001, p. 620-645
New housing policies introduced in China in 1998 aim to:
Housing, May 2001, p.32-33
Reports on social housing provision in Vienna, where support services are contracted out to non-governmental organisations such as Caritas, the Red Cross and Volkshilfe Osterreich.