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Supported Housing

Past, Present and Future, 1st Edition

By Yoric Irving-Clarke


108 pages

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This book covers the history of supported housing provision in the context of the broader political and theoretical considerations of the time in which the respective policies were being implemented. The book takes an historical perspective using path dependency as an analytical framework. Particular attention is paid to the critical junctures in the path of supported housing provision and how these limited and continue to limit the policy choices available. The book concludes with a look at the current state of supported housing policy with a view to making recommendations for how policy in this area could be carried forward. The hope is that readers of this book learn the lessons of previous policy initiatives in this area and, by looking at the philosophical underpinning for supported housing can make recommendations for how it can be funded and provided in the future.

This book provides a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners seeking to both provide and influence policy in this area. It is also a useful source for students studying housing and urban policy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Looking at Policy – a toolkit


History Matters

Explaining Path Dependency



Limits of Path Dependency

How is policy implemented?

Top Down Implementation

The Bottom Up Approach

The Synthesizers

Policy Networks

Assessing Policy Success

Process Success

Programme Success

Political Success

Limits of the Heuristic



Chapter 3 – Philosophy, Ideology and Supported Housing


Philosophy and Housing

The Social Contract

A Theory of Justice

Equality of Opportunity and the Difference Principle

Nozick & Liberty

The Post-War Consensus or First Way

Thatcher, New Public Management and the Second Way

New Labour and the 3rd Way

The Social Investment State

Criticisms of the Third Way

Ideology, Philosophy and Supported Housing

Rawls, Nozick and Supported Housing

The Third Way and Supporting People


Chapter 4 – Supported Housing – Past & Present

The Poor Law – Old and New to the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution to World War 2

The Post War Consensus to Thatcher

Thatcherism & New Public Management

The Role of Housing Policy

New Labour & the Supporting People Programme

Accommodation-based Services

Non-Accommodation-based Services

The Coalition and Conservative Policy (2010 to the present)

Sheltered Rent

Sector Concerns

Short Term/Transitional housing

Sector Concerns

Long Term Services


Chapter 5 – Supported Housing – The Future

Supported Housing and Policy Success

Where we go from here – A Blueprint…


About the Author

Yoric Irving-Clarke (PhD) is a researcher for the Chartered Institute of Housing in the UK. He has worked in the provision and management of supported housing for around 20 years.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Housing and Philosophy

Routledge Focus offers both established and early-career academics the flexibility to publish cutting-edge commentary on topical issues, policy-focused research, analytical or theoretical innovations, in-depth case studies, or short topics for specialized audiences. The format and speed to market is distinctive. Routledge Focus are 20,000 to 50,000 words and will be published as eBooks, and in Hardback as print on demand.

This book series seeks to develop the links between housing and philosophy. It seeks proposals from academics and policy makers on any aspect of philosophy and its relation to housing. This might include ethics, political and social philosophy, aesthetics, as well as logic, epistemology and metaphysics. All proposals would be expected to apply philosophical rigour to the exploration of housing phenomena, whether this be the policy making process, design, or the manner in which individuals and communities relate to housing. The series seeks an international and comparative focus and is particularly keen to include innovative and distinctly new approaches to the study of housing.

Please contact Peter King ([email protected]) and Helen Taylor ([email protected]) with ideas for book proposal or for further details.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General