Supporting Vulnerable Households to Achieve Their Housing Goals: The Role of Impact Investment

AHURI Final Report No. 290, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, doi:10.18408/ahuri-821031; ISBN 978-1-925334-54-8 (2017)

128 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2017

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Richard A. Heaney

University of Western Australia

Paul Flatau

The University of Western Australia

Kristy Muir

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Gill North

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School

Libby Ward-Christie

Swinburne University of Technology

Eileen Allanah Webb

University of South Australia

Kaylene Zaretzky

The University of Western Australia

Date Written: November 24, 2017

Abstract

This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally; examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia; and considers finance structures, such as impact investment mutual funds, that would enable social impact investors to create a portfolio of affordable housing securities that can balance financial and social return.

Keywords: social impact investment, impact investing, affordable housing, social housing, homelessness, vulnerable households, social enterprises, housing finance, social impact bonds, social policy, innovative finance.

JEL Classification: G11, G24, I31, I38, R31

Suggested Citation

Heaney, Richard A. and Flatau, Paul and Muir, Kristy and North, Gill and Ward-Christie, Libby and Webb, Eileen Allanah and Zaretzky, Kaylene, Supporting Vulnerable Households to Achieve Their Housing Goals: The Role of Impact Investment (November 24, 2017). AHURI Final Report No. 290, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, doi:10.18408/ahuri-821031; ISBN 978-1-925334-54-8 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3076584

Richard A. Heaney

University of Western Australia ( email )

Crawley
Perth, Western Australia 6009
Australia
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Paul Flatau (Contact Author)

The University of Western Australia

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Kristy Muir

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
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Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Gill North

Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School ( email )

221 Burwood Highway
Burwood
Burwood, Victoria 3125, Victoria 3125
Australia

Libby Ward-Christie

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

Cnr Wakefield and William Streets, Hawthorn Victor
3122 Victoria, Victoria 3122
Australia

Eileen Allanah Webb

University of South Australia ( email )

37-44 North Terrace, City West Campus
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Australia

Kaylene Zaretzky

The University of Western Australia ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

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