Housing and wellbeing: policy briefing

What Works Centre for Wellbeing
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A broad overview of published evidence on the links between housing and housing interventions and both individual and community wellbeing. The paper summarises findings from 50 published reviews with the aim to understand where the evidence gaps are. The evidence suggests that the physical infrastructure (whether a home is warm enough, safe to use or free from mould or allergens) has an impact on different aspects of wellbeing. Reviews suggest that housing is particularly important for vulnerable groups, yet there is a lack of high quality review evidence of the links with wellbeing. Regenerating neighbourhoods and gathering communities together are found to have a positive impact on social capital and cohesion, perception of crime and safety, engagement with people who identify as Black and minority ethnicity and mortality rates. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
literature reviews, performance evaluation, housing, housing conditions, regeneration, neighbourhoods, wellbeing, communities, vulnerable adults;
Content type:
research review
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