Thinkhouse is a free online library of research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote and encourage a new generation of researchers the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition. Users can contact us to subscribe to the weekly email update and for speech writes we have a bite size facts page.
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No place for older renters: How the geography of older private and social renters has changed
This report brings together analysis to better understand the situation of older renters, finding that the distribution of older social and private renters is not equal across England, and suggests that the housing crisis is leading to a greater concentration of older renters in areas of deprivation.
Prevention in health and social care: healthy places
This report makes a number of recommendations to government on preventative measures that can contribute to healthy placemaking, including in relation to housing conditions, developing healthier homes, health promotion and integrated care, town planning and tacking wider health inequalities in the built environment.
Homelessness, Refugees and Resettlement in the UK
This report sheds light on the challenges faced by refugees being resettled in the UK. Exploring the connection between poverty, education, health inequalities and housing, it emphasises the role housing plays in shaping the destiny of those on the edge of society. The report highlights that refugees bear a disproportionate burden, often facing multiple challenges and disadvantages when trying to find stable accommodation.
Our shared future: A TCPA White Paper for Homes and Communities
This paper sets out the practical steps the government must take to unlock housing delivery. It provides the detail on how to make a national strategic approach to housing delivery possible and the transformational role of new settlements. Zero carbon, affordable and healthy homes is underpinned by the Garden City principles which provide a practical framework for a hopeful and sustainable future.
The Homelessness Monitor: Scotland 2024
This fifth Scotland-focused Monitor report provides a state-of-the-nation look at homelessness in Scotland, and focuses in particular on ongoing implementation of the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, as well as the homelessness impacts of the ongoing cost of living crisis.
Comparing (social) objectives for decision-making in housing associations
This report from 2006 (and entered into our archive section) focused on how Dutch housing associations adeptly prioritized their social goals during financially challenging times. The article delves into the implementation of an analytic hierarchy process, a methodology proven effective in board sessions. It facilitated the setting of priorities for each board member, establishing target levels and non-negotiables for objectives, while also determining the weights of these objectives. This process proved instrumental in guiding housing associations to strategically prioritize mitigation measures. I believe this article could offer valuable perspectives from the Dutch context. Sharing these insights in the International section might contribute to the diverse discourse on navigating challenges in the social housing sector.
‘‘I always kept one eye open": The experiences and impacts of sleeping rough
This research reveals the startling of life on the streets for people forced into sleeping rough. It also details what needs to be done to prevent people having to sleep rough in the first place and how it can be ended for good.