What is ‘affordable housing’?

It sounds like an easy question to answer, but what makes a home ‘affordable’ has become a serious point of contention. People even get angry about it, suspicious that what is being called ‘affordable housing’ isn’t actually affordable in any real sense.

This is because, fundamentally, there are two ways to answer the question ‘what is affordability?’

One focuses on the person and what they can afford to pay for their housing. The other focuses on the home and what… Read more