Addressing the stigmatisation of social housing
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The stigmatisation of social housing neighbourhoods in Australia can be traced to under-investment in social housing, which contributes to poor maintenance, and allocation of housing to the most disadvantaged and marginalised tenants. These policies have unintentionally reinforced a sense of social division and undermined subsequent efforts to improve the welfare of residents. Previous AHURI research has found that there is a need to address poor perceptions of social housing in the wider community, and that changes in such attitudes will not be brought about simply by reinvesting in public housing. In order to address these attitudes, it is necessary to understand how stigmatisation of social housing works. This Investigative Panel research project sought to develop understandings of the stigmatisation of social housing through targeted discussions and utilisation of social theory.