Social housing is a total mess because we like it that way

Social housing is a total mess because we like it that way

If the state can’t manage the stock of housing it already owns, how will it do better by building more?

Social housing is a mess. When there was an abundance of it, the common bond that united its inhabitant communities – largely low incomes and high unemployment – fostered high levels of social discord. Now, with a more integrated view, there isn’t enough of it.

A common theme rippling through Ireland’s media and property industry is that we must have local authorities build all the social homes required.

This works right into vested interest playbooks:...

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