Concept of Social Housing Policy and Availability of the Support for Housing in Lithuania Cover Image

Socialinio būsto politikos samprata ir paramos būstui prieinamumo galimybės Lietuvoje
Concept of Social Housing Policy and Availability of the Support for Housing in Lithuania

Author(s): Rasa Indriliūnaitė
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Family and social welfare, Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas
Keywords: Social housing; Rental housing; Housing;

Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes the concept of the social housing system as a measure of support of the welfare state provided to persons who are unable to access housing themselves, and the general principles of the housing support policy. With the changing regulation of the social housing sector and the diminishing role of the state in this system, the provided support for social housing is directed at the economically weakest groups of the society. As a result, a significant part of households loses their right to the support measures for housing. The social housing system of Western Europe also faces challenges posed by the growing number of households of the new social groups including migrants and refugees. The article discusses the main models and features of the social housing policy in Lithuania. The prerequisites for the formation of the social housing system in the post-Soviet region and the characteristics of the sector as well as the development of the implementation of the Lithuanian social housing policy are presented in the article. The descriptive analysis of the secondary data of the Statistics Lithuania allowed the author to evaluate the differences in the social housing fund in the municipalities of the country (N=60). The results of the study uncover the differences across the Lithuanian municipalities in the size of population of the persons provided with social housing and the persons included in the waiting list of the support for renting a housing. The research also points to the hierarchy of the social housing sector group in the overall sector of housing provision.

  • Issue Year: IX/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 169-191
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Lithuanian