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Housing transitions through the life courseAspirations, needs and policy$
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Andrew Beer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424280

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424280.001.0001

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Housing and disability: a 21st-century phenomenon

Housing and disability: a 21st-century phenomenon

(p.113) Seven Housing and disability: a 21st-century phenomenon
Housing transitions through the life course

Andrew Beer

Debbie Faulkner

Chris Paris

Terry Clower

Policy Press

This chapter examines the ways one should conceptualise the housing transitions of persons with a disability and their households. It considers the evidence present on both the housing of persons with a disability and the housing of family members who provide care. The discussion shows that the housing transitions of those with a disability are not a niche issue, since almost one in five households is affected. It is also not a problem that is limited to one nation or one point in time; rather, it is a challenge which is imposed upon all developed economies. Based on available evidence, it is suggested that in the twenty-first century, the housing careers of households which are affected by disability are flatter and more focused on the social rental sector or government-subsidised housing, and are more challenged by health and disability concerns than for the general population.

Keywords:   housing transitions, disabled people, housing careers, social rental sector, government-subsidised housing, disability concerns

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