The forgotten households: is intermediate housing meeting affordable housing needs?

Document type
Discussion paper
Author(s)
Hughes, Nicola
Publisher
Shelter
Date of publication
1 July 2010
Subject(s)
Housing and Homelessness
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Successive governments have tried to improve access to home ownership through various measures, one of which was the creation of an‘intermediate housing market’. This loose term refers to financial products or tenure types that aim to bridge the gap between owning and renting a home. The market is small: it is estimated that fewer than one per cent of households in England currently reside in an intermediate home. This discussion paper explores:

  • the history and development of the intermediate market
  • the housing needs and aspirations of non-homeowners
  • the success of the intermediate market in meeting those needs and aspirations.

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