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Housing options for women leaving domestic violence: the limitations of rental subsidy models

Blunden, H and Flanagan, K ORCID: 0000-0002-5585-2871 2021 , 'Housing options for women leaving domestic violence: the limitations of rental subsidy models' , Housing Studies , doi: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1867711.

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Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of femalehomelessness, yet social housing provision has declined inAnglophone countries like Australia and housing policy responsesfavour demand-side subsidies to assist with rental payments. Weexamine the consequences of ‘choice-based’ approaches in competitivehousing markets, applying a theoretical discussion of howthe neoliberal subject is supposed to respond to external shocksin an adaptive and resilient manner, and problematise assumptionsthat subsidies provide ‘choice’. The paper is based on findingsfrom an [text removed]. Analysis suggests that privatemarket rental subsidies work well in some areas and not so wellin others, depending on local housing market conditions. In somecases, women have returned to violent situations because theyperceive no alternative. These findings suggest that the positingof ‘choice’ for women is rhetorical rather than real because it isconditioned by the ability to compete in high-cost private rentalmarkets.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Blunden, H and Flanagan, K
Keywords: affordable housing, domestic and family violence, private rental market
Journal or Publication Title: Housing Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0267-3037
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1867711
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