Alex Marsh and Moyra Riseborough, Making Ends Meet: Older
People, Housing Association Costs and the Affordability of Rented Housing,
National Federation of Housing Associations, London, 1995, 93 pp.,
no price, ISBN 0 862 97307 4.
Anthea Tinker, Fay Wright and Hannah Zeilig, Difficult to Let
Sheltered Housing, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1995,
174 pp., £17.50, ISBN 0 113 21964 4.
Moyra Riseborough (ed.), Opening-up the Resources of Sheltered Housing
to the Wider Community, Anchor Studies 3, Anchor Housing
Association, Oxford, 1995, 32 pp., £7.50, ISBN 0 906 17827 4.
Bill Randall, Staying Put: The Best Move I'll Never Make, Anchor
Housing Association, Oxford, 1995, unpaginated, £5.99,
ISBN 0 906 17829 0.
For the last twenty years sheltered housing has dominated debates about
housing and old age in Britain. There have recently been signs that its pre-eminent position may be threatened by the wider agenda stimulated by the
community care reforms. But just when we thought the whole debate had run
out of steam, back comes sheltered housing to dominate the policy debate and
to re-capture the attention of housing officers. The nature of the debate now
differs: gone are the heated discussions over whether sheltered housing is the
answer to all our problems; rather, the key question is what to do with the
increasing number of ‘difficult-to-let’ sheltered housing
flats. Does this mean
that the sceptics (including myself) were right all along and that sheltered
housing really was ill-thought out and over-provided? After all, the main
defence against these charges was that it was popular. Have older people
turned against it too?