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Shared living in supported housing ‐ client responses and business decisions

Lynn Vickery (London South Bank University)
Veronica Mole (London South Bank University)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 1 December 2007


The shared housing model has been used widely for many years in association with supported housing. It is the subject of debate among providers and commissioners, who may regard it as old‐fashioned and not conducive to independent living, but for some clients and organisations it continues to offer a positive option in helping alleviate loneliness and isolation. Current growth in the work of social landlords and their agents includes a wider range of client groups with a variety of aspirations and support needs. Shared housing may offer new opportunities to these groups. With the new emphasis on neighbourhoods and inclusion, does the shared housing model possess attributes that commend it to communities in new ways, or is it a model of the past? The article offers suggestions to enable shared housing to be evaluated as part of housing associations' business plans while keeping a focus on residents' views, as reflected in 25 case study locations.



Vickery, L. and Mole, V. (2007), "Shared living in supported housing ‐ client responses and business decisions", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 20-26.



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