Short- and Long-term Poverty-alleviation Effects of Subsidized Housing: Life Trajectories of Former Subsidized Housing Residents in Guangzhou
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AbstractContextualized in Guangzhou, this study analyzes the experiences of residents who have either voluntarily moved or forced out. The richness of the residents’ experiences sheds light on the ways in which housing assistance could act as springboard for or deterrent to self-sufficiency. Subsidized housing is an improvement over the options that low- income people would otherwise have and bring about immediate improvement in physical conditions after move-in. However, more profound changes can only be cultivated in a long run. If households managed to develop resilient capacity during their residence in subsidized housing, there is a greater possibility of an improved trajectory. Two issues are noteworthy in their rising out of poverty. The first issue is adequate staff in proportion to the concentration of low-income people. The second issue is to avoid the “benefit cliff” that will create a revolving door together with stringent sanction. Responding to the research question, the thesis argues that subsidized housing is possible to work as a lever for change to reduce poverty in urban China and suggests that poverty alleviation should be taken into account in the provision of subsidized housing in the future.
All Author(s) ListChen Huiwei
Name of Conference2016 Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research Conference – Housing Issues in a New Epoch of Urbanization: Challenges and Opportunities
Start Date of Conference17/12/2016
End Date of Conference19/12/2016
Place of ConferenceSun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsSubsidized housing, urban poverty, China

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