Social housing as infrastructure: rationale, prioritisation and investment pathway

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Author(s): Julie Lawson; Todd Denham; Jago Dodson; Kathleen Flanagan; Keith Jacobs; Chris Martin; Ryan van den Nouwelant; Hal Pawson; Laurence Troy
Description: Considering social housing as infrastructure may improve investment in the sector, as well as increase transparency and efficiency in project appraisal and funding prioritisation. It explored different methods of calculating the benefits of social housing relative to cost, including the savings that might accrue in other areas of government expenditure. The research also modelled ways to best finance and fund social housing, revealing that a capital investment strategy supplemented by efficient financing is substantially more cost-effective than a commercially financed model reliant on an operating subsidy.
Citation: Lawson, J., Denham, T., Dodson, D., Flanagan, K., Jacobs, K., Martin, C., Van den Nouwelant, R., Pawson, H. and Troy, L. (2019) Social housing as infrastructure: rationale, prioritisation and investment pathway, AHURI Final Report No. 315, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/315, doi:10.18408/ahuri-5314001.
DOI: doi:10.18408/ahuri-5314001
Date published: 26 Jun 2019
Publication type: Final Report 315
Project title: Social housing as infrastructure: rationale, prioritisation and investment pathway (Project number: 53140)
Inquiry title: Social housing as infrastructure (Inquiry number: 53140)
Inquiry reports: The business case for social housing as infrastructure (Final Report)
Social housing as infrastructure: an investment pathway (Final Report)
A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure (Final Report)
Published by: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited
ISSN: 1834-7223
ISBN: 978-1-925334-79-1
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