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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2006): Social housing - overseas

Children and housing: “only the best is good enough”: some evidence from Belgium

A. Verhetsel and F. Witlox

Childhood, vol.13, 2006, p.205-224

In Belgium, following the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children are now considered to be a separate target group in housing policy. This article reports on a project which analysed the housing situation, needs and desires of under-19-year-olds in Flanders taking a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, insight was gained into the housing needs and aspirations of young people on the basis of a large scale survey involving over 4,000 participants. On the other hand, the current housing situations of children and young people were explored using census data on Flemish households with children. Using both inputs, current housing was compared to aspirations and a series of policy options was formulated on the basis of the comparison.

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