Constructing Homes, Rebuilding Lives
The UK is facing an increasingly stark reality due to years of underinvestment in social housing. The resultant ‘structural deficit’ in the supply of social housing, has pushed public spending on housing benefits and temporary accommodation to a record high (more than £1.6 billion in 2021-2022).
Frequently far from a temporary living situation, living in ‘temporary’ accommodation can have a significant impact on people, mentally, physically and financially, affecting all aspects of life including their employment, education, social networks and wellbeing.
To understand more fully the positive impact that high quality social housing can have, Akerlof partnered with Housing Festival to undertake a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.
What we did
After carrying out research into temporary accommodation across England, we engaged with a range of residents to ask about their experience of moving into settled homes. Open questions were used to discover what was important to them, and we validated our findings by speaking with system stakeholders, such as GPs, housing associations, homelessness service providers, charities and children specialists.
Taking this feedback, we developed a survey to gather quantifiable responses from residents and, using a robust methodology, undertook a Social Return on Investment (SROI) calculation from the data provided.
- An insightful socio-economic analysis report, with engaging data visualisations that clearly communicate the positive stories of change
- Compelling narrative that makes the case for increased delivery of high quality social housing, serving as a foundation for future engagement with local authority partners, residents and community groups
- One-to-one engagement with residents and focus groups with key stakeholders provided a broad and realistic picture of people’s lived experiences
- Robust methodology for calculating SROI, which others can use to broaden future analyses and incorporate additional data with ease
Don't just take our word for it...
Ellen Grist, Research and Evaluation Lead, Housing Festival