65 THREE Homes Supported housing consists of both a house and support. Therefore, in order to evaluate supported housing we need to consider the relationship between people and their houses and homes, and find a way of assessing whether this meets the criterion of improving well-being. It was argued in the last chapter that previous evaluations of supported housing have neglected the home, even though it is where we spend most of our time, is integral to our achievement of well-being, and is an integral part of the supported housing ‘package’. Therefore
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically exposed weaknesses in UK housing’s relationship to the labour market and welfare system. Inequalities in household type, home occupancy, housing cost and security have contributed to the unequal impact of the disease.
Comprehensively charting fast-moving and inter-linked policy developments, Becky Tunstall assesses the position of housing and home in public policy, health and in peoples’ lives, and documents the most immediate responses to the pandemic in one convenient resource for students, scholars and practitioners.
Often portrayed as an apolitical space, this book demonstrates that home is in fact a highly political concept, with a range of groups in society excluded from a ‘right to home’ under current UK policies.
Drawing on resident interviews and analysis of political and media attitudes across three case studies – the criminalisation of squatting, the bedroom tax, and family homelessness – it explores the ways in which legislative and policy changes dismantle people’s rights to secure, decent and affordable housing by framing them as undeserving. The book includes practical lessons for housing academics, activists and policymakers.
Home and care are central aspects of everyday, personal lives, yet they are also shaped by political and economic change. Within a context of austerity, economic restructuring, worsening inequality and resource rationing, the policies and experiences around these key areas are shifting. Taking an interdisciplinary and feminist perspective, this book illustrates how economic and political changes affect everyday lives for many families and households in the UK. Setting out both new empirical material and new conceptual terrain, the authors draw on approaches from human geography, social policy, and feminist and political theory to explore issues of home and care in times of crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic was not a great ‘equaliser’, but rather an event whose impact intersected with pre-existing inequalities affecting different people, places, and geographic scales. Nowhere is this more apparent than in housing.
Written by an international group of experts, this book casts light on how the virus has impacted the experience of home and housing through the lens of wider urban processes around transportation, land use, planning policy, racism, and inequality. Case studies from around the world examine issues around gentrification, housing processes, design, systems, finance and policy.
Offering crucial insights for reforming cities to be more resilient to future crises, this is an invaluable resource for scholars and policy makers alike.
27 TWO Home and belonging Figure 2.1: Anthony Key, Bok Gwai/White Ghost (2005) 28 REIMAGINING THE NATION Anthony Key’s work entitled Bok Gwai/White Ghost is a free-standing structure that looks a little like a Wendy house. The wooden frame is covered with flattened foil takeaway cartons. Inside, these are moulded into a life-size replica of a kitchen, complete with shelves, a sink and drawers. Key created the work during a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), which described how Key’s work ‘scavenges from art and cultural histories as it
‘Moving past the front stoop’: critical geographies of home All that is discussed and analysed throughout this book can be traced back to one word: home . Bringing Home the Housing Crisis is fundamentally about our relationship with home, who is portrayed as deserving of it, what happens when it is taken away from us, and how we fight back in order to regain it. Although now a growing sub-discipline, particularly within human geography, it has only been in the past two decades or so that the key social and political roles of the home have begun to be taken
At Home with Autism: Designing Housing for the Spectrum introduces readers to conditions and aspirations of adults on the autism spectrum that demand a new approach to how we provide, locate, design and develop homes in which they live. The book argues that there is no singular stellar residential model, just as there is no singular prototype of autism. Grounded in an extensive array of research sources, the book identifies resident-focused quality of life goals, and profiles design guidelines directed to those goals. The book implores those involved in housing design, production and policy to expand their exposure to what is possible, what is desirable, and to direct their efforts towards expanding residential choices for those on the spectrum.
Home is familiar – omnipresent even – yet hard to pin down ( Mallett 2004 ). Although geographic scholarship tells of ‘home’ encompassing scales from the domestic to the neighbourhood and beyond ( Blunt and Sheringham 2019 ), we instinctively associate home with the private dwelling. Home is a relational process: the binding of the material and the affective; neither just a physical site nor feeling alone but rather the relationship between these ( Blunt and Dowling 2006 : 22). A place called ‘home’ is made through social and psychological meanings we attach to
Introduction As discussed in the previous chapter, women do the majority of care work, and home is the place where much of this work is done. In this chapter, I explore how the home and the caring work that women do are taken for granted in UK social policy today. It is a feminist enquiry into how home is framed in policy language to make intimate and personal resources economically available for the informal delivery of social care. ‘Home’ is a small word with universal resonance, with as many meanings as there are individuals. The word ‘home’ evokes