Decent Housing

Tom Forrester Lord's DECENT HOUSING: A PROMISE TO KEEP is an important
book on a distressingly neglected subject: the housing crisis in America's cities.
This survey of the successes and failures in government housing policy over the
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Decent Housing


The Need for Decent Affordable Housing

THE NEED FOR DECENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING THURSDAY , JULY 2 , 1987
U . S SENATE , COMMITTEE ON BANKING , HOUSING , AND URBAN AFFAIRS ,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS , Los Angeles , CA .

The Need for Decent  Affordable Housing


Beyond decent homes

By any standards , the Decent Homes programme can be counted as a very
significant public policy success . A substantial backlog of repairs and
maintenance in social housing existed thirteen years ago and a significant
percentage of ...

Beyond decent homes

The £40bn Decent Homes Programme has had a positive effect on the living conditions of most social housing tenants, this report finds, but the Government has failed to invest enough resources in the parallel programme to improve homes occupied by vulnerable people in the private sector. The Government must also clarify future funding: it is still unclear how the elimination of the remaining backlog of disrepair (around 3 per cent of social homes) will be funded; and how much will be available to maintain standards in the future. The Government must prevent another backlog of disrepair from building up after the current programme comes to an end in 2010. Carbon emissions reduction targets mean that the entire UK housing stock must be made more energy efficient. The decent homes standard has an important part to play and should be updated to enable this. The use of arm's-length management organisations (ALMOs) to manage council housing has led to improved standards and better planning, though not all councils were able to follow this model. The decent homes standard remains a low benchmark, however. The target for decency applied to private housing should be retained and strengthened by creating a National Indicator for private sector accommodation. A clear long term target should be set at a national level to bring all private sector homes (not just those occupied by vulnerable people) up to the decent homes standard.

Future of Social Housing

If housing conditions are inadequate , it might be concluded that this is because
some households are unable to ... The agreed minimum standard ' should be
such that housing above this standard , which we may call ' decent housing ' , is
the ...

Future of Social Housing


The Decent Homes Programme

The scale of the works that were Decent Homes Programme . That will be done
involved here were way beyond the reach of most principally by moving debt so it
is more equally direct operations in local authorities . This was always spread ...

The Decent Homes Programme

Under the Decent Homes Programme, over a million homes have been improved since 2001. The living standards of vulnerable households will have been greatly improved by the installation of, for example, 810,000 new kitchens, 610,000 new bathrooms and 1,140,000 new central heating systems. There have also been wider benefits such as more tenant involvement in housing decisions and jobs created in deprived areas. The report welcomes the improvements made and the substantial progress towards the original target of all social housing being of a decent standard by December 2010. However, despite this progress, the target will not be met: 305,000 homes will still be non-decent at that date and the last of these will not be decent until 2018-19. The DCLG needs to do more to ensure that landlords can complete this outstanding work and that properties are not allowed to fall back into disrepair. It also needs to improve its financial control over this Programme. It is still not clear how much the Department itself has actually spent on the Programme, nor whether DCLG has obtained best value from the funds given to Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs). The Programme will have cost local authorities and Registered Social Landlords approximately £37 billion by 2010-11. The Department lacks some basic management information on the Programme, and needs to address these deficiencies in order to evaluate the impact properly.

Decent Homes for All

Planning's Evolving Role in Housing Provision Nick Gallent, Mark Tewdwr-Jones.
Chapter 3 The (re)birth of private housing provision Introduction Recent housing
debate in the UK has focused, largely, on undersupply. We noted in Chapter 1 ...

Decent Homes for All

Are you concerned about the state of current housing provision? Worried about further decline in the years ahead? Decent Homes for All addresses fundamental questions about the current housing crisis; examining its history and evolution. The first text on the housing-planning interface, it explores the relationship between planning and housing supply, focusing on housing supply, the quality and form of residential development, affordability and sustainability and the changing nature of planning itself. The questions covered include: Why have we moved away from state housing provision? How might the current crisis in housing affordability be addressed through planning policy? Why has recent debate broadened to encompass the idea of ‘sustainable communities’? How will we deliver quality, affordable housing in the future? What role should the planning system play in delivering decent homes in the years ahead? This comprehensive narrative provides students, planners and researchers with a valuable account of the evolving relationship between planning and housing to aid contextual understanding and suggest how current issues might evolve in the future.

The Decent Homes Programme

9 According to returns from landlords , as at April 2009 almost 86 per cent of
homes in the social sector were decent , a reduction of approximately 1 . 1 million
in the number of non - decent homes . The Department estimated in November ...

The Decent Homes Programme

It is estimated that over a million social homes have been improved by the Department for Communities and Local Government's Decent Homes Programme, which aims to improve the condition of homes for social housing tenants. The Department has also provided funding to improve conditions for vulnerable households in private sector accommodation. The Programme has made progress and that, as of April 2009, 86 per cent of homes in the social sector were classed as decent. The Programme has also brought wider benefits such as improved housing management, tenant involvement and employment opportunities. The original target was that all social sector homes would be decent by 2010, but by November 2009 the Department was estimating that approximately 92 per cent of social housing would meet the standard by 2010, leaving 305,000 properties 'non-decent'. 100 per cent decency would not be achieved until 2018-19. The National Audit Office has concluded that there are weaknesses in the information collected by the Department, warning that information gaps create a risk to value for money. Weaknesses in the Department's information are illustrated by uncertainties over the total cost of the Programme to itself or to the sector and the number of properties improved.

Housing in the Third World

14 AFFORDABLE DECENT HOUSING : Expanding the Stock through Assisted
Upgrading by Incumbent Residents NAOMI CARMON Housing availability has
almost ceased being a problem in the developed industrialised countries . In
most ...

Housing in the Third World


General Housing

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ' STATEMENT , 1945 The country is faced with an
immediate emergency and a long - term problem of decent housing in a good
neighborhood to meet the needs of all people regardless of race , income , or
family ...

General Housing


Decent Housing for All

DECENT HOUSING FOR ALL PROGRESS REPORT ON THE FIRST YEAR OF
THE PRESIDENCY In view of the importance attached by the Administration to
the provision of shelter for the people , a separate Ministry of Housing and ...

Decent Housing for All


Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965

I think it is basically set forth in the language of the bill , and that is that the
universe that I think this is the instrument for dealing with , is that universe which
is not able to secure decent , safe , and sanitary housing in the private market ,
both ...

Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965


Directions in Housing Policy

Towards Sustainable Housing Policies for the UK A. E. Holmans Peter Williams ...
What constitutes 'decent housing' in this context has evolved through custom and
practice, embodied from time to time in legislation. On a long view, standards ...

Directions in Housing Policy

The United Kingdom is now at a crossroads in terms of its housing policies. Homes remain costly and in short supply, and there is a growing issue of disrepair. At the same time, the resources made available from government have been reduced. Directions in Housing Policy provides a clear and authoritative examination of housing policy, its past, the present situation and future policies. The authors provide expert analysis and commentary on key housing issues and set out an agenda for future policy in the 21st century.

Housing and Community Development Legislation

Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Housing of ... , 88-2 on H.R. 9751 ... ,
February 17 ... 27, 1964 United States Congress. House. Banking and Currency
Committee. | The cure for poverty requires both a decent place to live and a
chance to ...

Housing and Community Development Legislation


Housing Policy at a Crossroads

The Comparability of Housing Outcomes The best evidence indicates that both
production programs and vouchers do about equally well in enabling low-income
families to live in decent housing. There are several reasons for this perhaps ...

Housing Policy at a Crossroads

Since Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, American housing policy has focused on building homes for the poor. Housing Policy at a Crossroads provides a comprehensive survey of past low-income housing programs which acts not only as a history of housing policy, but as a guide to issues confronting policy makers and argues a case for vouchers as the cheapest, most effective solution. Weicher gives us a timely warning that reinventing failed building programs would be a very costly wrong turn for America.

Simple Decent Place to Live

Bo signed the mortgage with an “X.” For five years, we steadily built houses. And
oh, how we could see the difference—a dramatic difference—that decent housing
made in people's lives—and we could see it in the time it took for them to move ...

Simple Decent Place to Live

Readers will be moved by this exciting story of real-life good Samaritans in this uplifting story of Habitat for Humanity. Fuller tells how he came to be touched with the needs of others for affordable housing. He incorporates testimonies from celebrities--Jimmy Carter, Tom Brokaw, Paul Newman and others--who tell what Habitat for Humanity means to them.

Decent and Affordable Housing for All

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For the remainder of the decade and beyond, housing
will be an issue which state ... A whole series of federal programs, starting with
public housing in 1934, have attempted to bring decent housing to the poor, the ...

Decent and Affordable Housing for All


Housing Vouchers

Housing. Allowance. Versus. General. Income. Maintenance. Policy. Problem
One of the long-standing problems in dealing ... To deal with this problem,
housing subsidies have been developed not only to provide decent housing at
aflordable ...

Housing Vouchers

Outside the United States, the idea of a consumer housing subsidy is a highly developed concept. Housing allowances, shelter allowances, rent allowances—or rent rebates as they are called—have been paid out on a larger scale for longer periods of time on an entitlement basis, with a much greater variety of rationales than in the United States. As the United States moves ahead with its demonstration program, it is timely to examine and evaluate foreign experiences with the consumer housing approach. E. Jay Howenstine addresses common questions that have puzzled many policymakers: How do consumer housing subsidies work? For tenants? Homeowners? Builders? And government officials? Gathered here is the definitive experience of the countries that have employed them. From Australia to the United Kingdom, here is the reality gleaned from a dozen countries and brought to bear on the United States. Both the virtues and the limitations of the approach are presented in detail for everyone interested in housing. This study is divided into three major parts. First, Howenstine reviews the historical background and analyzes housing allowance strategies that foreign governments have adopted. A second part examines in detail the major principles and elements with which governments have fashioned their systems. The third part examines the impact of housing allowance systems and weighs them in the light of the original objectives. Conclusions are also drawn about foreign experiences: Should financial assistance to low-income families be in the form of consumer housing subsidies or producer housing subsidies, or some synthesis of the two systems? Should the housing allowance be maintained as a separate housing policy, or should it be integrated into a general income maintenance policy? This book addresses an increasingly prominent portion of the housing market.

Environmental Health and Housing

Housing is about people's lives. People's homes and their local communities can
influence health and well-being, community and family ties, and access to wider
society. It then follows that decent housing has a positive effect on a person's ...

Environmental Health and Housing

Environmental Health and Housing provides both students and professionals with comprehensive coverage of issues relating to both social and private housing. The book includes basic technical information for completing house surveys, detailed yet clear backgrounds to and explanations of applying relevant legislation, and discussion of current policy and strategy. All this is backed up with case studies and examples of how theory and law are put into practice in real situations. The minefield of overlapping legislation and legal issues are clearly presented as flow charts and tables. Unique in its coverage, clearly illustrated and covering such diverse topics as housing defects, caravan sites, asylum seekers and social exclusion, Environmental Health and Housing is an essential purchase for all students and professionals in the housing sector.

Housing Law

Poor housing tends to beassociated with poor healthandeconomic andsocial
deprivation. Decent housing can therefore be argued to be as much a social right
as a right to a decent income or a decent health service. One of the functions of ...

Housing Law

This book is a comprehensive survey of modern housing law, an area of growing importance which is becoming increasingly liable to change as a result of statutory intervention. The book takes a wide approach to housing law and includes, for instance, a look at owner-occupiers and their financial problems as well as covering inadequate mortgage valuation reports from surveyors. It includes a large amount of cases and materials, and these are set in the context of substantial comment and analysis. This book is designed to be used not only by students of housing law, but also as a useful reference tool for professionals in the housing market

Renewing Europe s housing

Housing. renewal. in. England. Christopher Watson and Richard Turkington
Introduction In England in 2011, nearly 5 ... By 2010, nearly threequarters of the
housing in England met the statutory 'decent home standard' but over a quarter ...

Renewing Europe s housing

Many European cities have a shortage of good quality, affordable housing, but this problem has become less prominent in policy than it should be. This timely book aims to redress that balance. After an introductory chapter, expert contributors provide contemporary comparative accounts of housing renewal policy and practice in nine European countries in its physical, economic, social, community and cultural aspects. Shared concerns over energy conservation, social protection and inclusion, and the roles and responsibilities of the public and private sectors form the basis of a proposed policy agenda for housing renewal across Europe. The concluding chapters draw conclusions from a pan-European perspective and consider the future prospects for renewing older housing. Academics, practitioners, policy-makers and students of housing, urban studies, planning, regeneration, environmental health and sustainability will all want to read this book.