It finds that:
- Current housing systems, and the linked welfare systems, respond poorly to life events such as relationship breakdown and the onset of poor health.
- Social rented housing at its best provides a secure tenancy in decent housing at an affordable rent, but its potential is undermined by lack of supply, some poor neighbourhoods, and properties which are let in a poor state of decoration and repair.
- For those on low incomes who are only able to access the lower end of the private rented sector, high housing costs, poor quality housing and/or the precariousness of tenancies, undermine the creation of a home.
- The extended family (and to a lesser extent, other wider social networks) play a central role in supporting people to make and keep a home.
Based on this report, JRF commissioned a piece of policy development work which includes four summaries on key areas. These are available to download in the related content section below.