Quotation Weinzierl, Carla, Wukovitsch, Florian, Novy, Andreas. 2016. Housing First in Vienna: a socially innovative initiative to foster social cohesion. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment July, 409-422.




Over the last years, affordable housing has become less accessible in Vienna and homelessness has remained a problem. This paper describes Housing First - a socially innovative initiative - and investigates how social innovations can complement or progressively modify the governance structures of the welfare state in order to better combat homelessness. The in-depth analysis scrutinizes the socially innovative potential of a pilot project on Housing First in Vienna, with regard to service delivery for the homeless and the respective governance structure. The specific governance system is characterized by a strong role of the municipal government as financing institution and regulator. The pilot project, however, has contributed to changing the governance system, leading to more deliberation of service providers and an incipient knowledge alliance for social innovation in this field. This has the potential to implement evidence-based policy-making as well as fostering social cohesion by striking the balance between equal access to housing for all and awareness of divergent needs of a socioculturally diverse Population.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Housing First in Vienna: a socially innovative initiative to foster social cohesion
Volume July
Year 2016
Page from 409
Page to 422
Reviewed? Y
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10901-015-9467-0
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10901-015-9467-0


Weinzierl, Carla (Former researcher)
Wukovitsch, Florian (Former researcher)
Novy, Andreas (Details)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
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