Ecologies of housing and underlying assumptions of vulnerability

Franz, Jill, Bitner, Grace, Petriwskyj, Andrea, Ward, Margaret, Adkins, Barbara and Rolfe, Annie (2015) Ecologies of housing and underlying assumptions of vulnerability. Housing, Care and Support, 18 2: 41-50.

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Author Franz, Jill
Bitner, Grace
Petriwskyj, Andrea
Ward, Margaret
Adkins, Barbara
Rolfe, Annie
Title Ecologies of housing and underlying assumptions of vulnerability
Journal name Housing, Care and Support   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1460-8790
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 41
End page 50
Total pages 10
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
– The purpose of this paper is to understand the difficulties in implementing models of housing, and to help address the lack of accessible and affordable private housing for people with disability in Australia. In responding to this aim, the study formulated an ecological map of housing models, which are examined in this paper in terms of their underlying assumptions of vulnerability.

– The study involved explanation building, using a multiple case study approach, informed theoretically by an ecological framework. It included organisations, families and individuals with disability.

– For the purpose of this paper, the study revealed a direct relationship between the nature of the housing models proposed, and assumptions of vulnerability. In the context of the study findings, the paper suggests that attempts to address individual housing needs are more likely to achieve a positive outcome when they are person driven, from a premise of ability rather than disability. Overall, it invites a “universalistic” way of conceptualising housing issues for people with disability that has international relevance.

Practical implications
– This paper highlights how assumptions of vulnerability shape environmental responses, such as housing, for people with disability.

– This paper is based on a study that reconciled a person-centred philosophy with an ecological appreciation of the external and internal factors impacting housing choice for people with disability.
Keyword Housing
Ecological framework
Private housing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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