'A pathway to where?' Inquiry into understanding and reimagining social housing pathways

Kristy Muir, Abigail Powell, Kathleen Flanagan, Wendy Stone, Selina Tually, Debbie Faulkner, Chris Hartley, Hal Pawson

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Demand for social housing in Australia significantly exceeds supply. • The policy response to the demand has focused on 'pathways', with pathways being shaped by increased targeting to people with the highest needs. • As a result, there are inconsistencies between operational policies and the reality of people's lives as they traverse housing pathways; • Reimagining social housing pathways requires: • Solutions that move away from managing a waitlist by rationing supply; • Constructing realistic pathways that best enable positive tenant outcomes; • Rethinking social housing as infrastructure of care, within a spectrum of housing assistance and supports across tenures. • As a society, it is critical we can answer the most frequent question that emerged from this research project: 'A pathway to where?'.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Number of pages67
ISBN (Print)978-1-925334-96-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAHURI Final Report
PublisherAustralian Housing and Urban Research Institute
ISSN (Print)1834-7223


  • Community housing
  • Housing pathways
  • Operational policy
  • Policy
  • Practice
  • Public housing
  • Social housing
  • Systems thinking


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