At home and in place? The role of housing in social inclusion
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Having a home, living in appropriate housing and belonging to place all have a role to play in social inclusion/exclusion. All are affected by the interaction of housing market factors, government policies and the preferences and actions of individuals/households over time, which we refer to as housing processes. It is widely recognised that people can be excluded from housing. They can also be excluded from society through housing processes, for example, living in poor quality accommodation, living in housing types or neighbourhoods that are unsafe, being restricted to accessing housing in areas with poor transport links or few job prospects, or living in places with inadequate facilities and poor access to services. It is neither accurate nor useful to think in terms of a dichotomy between those who are housed (included) and those who are not housed (excluded).