Support for tenure mix by residents local to the Carlton Housing Estate, Melbourne, Australia

Anna Ziersch, Kathryn Arthurson, Iris Levin Azriel

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    In this paper, we report on the level of support for tenure mix policies of residents living proximate to the Carlton Housing Estate mixed tenure redevelopment in Melbourne Australia. In a telephone survey of 200 residents living in the area surrounding the estate, the majority of respondents were supportive of tenure mix. Those who were financially comfortable or only spoke English were significantly more supportive than those reporting more difficult financial circumstances or who spoke a language other than English. The reasons for support for tenure mix included avoiding ghettoization, building community and social role modelling. The reasons for opposing tenure mix reflected a concern for the loss of public housing, a view that public and private tenants would not want to be co-located and that public tenants weren’t as deserving as others of living in a good inner city location. There were also concerns from both groups about how tenure mix might work in practice. Policy implications are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-76
    Number of pages19
    JournalHousing Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


    • residents’ views
    • social housing
    • social mix
    • Tenure mix


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