Understanding and reimagining social housing pathways

New Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research investigates how social housing policies affect tenants over time and space; who moves in or out of social housing; and what is the lived experience of current and ex-tenants.

The report ‘A pathway to where?’ Inquiry into understanding and reimagining social housing pathways’ shows that policies shaping social housing pathways have evolved in response to high demand and decreased supply, with a tighter targeting of eligibility and a rationing of housing to those of ‘highest need’. It also suggests reimagining social housing pathways requires solutions that move away from managing a waitlist by rationing supply and the creation of realistic pathways that enable positive tenant outcomes.


The study investigated how social housing pathways are conceptualised and constructed by housing policies in Australia; who is moving into and out of social housing; and what is the lived experience of people who have moved into, within or out of social housing. Social housing pathways are the housing experiences of tenants and their households over time and space. These pathways are not linear and also include changes in tenure, household form, experiences and attachment to social housing.

Click here to read the report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.