The same ‘affordances’ approach is used to analyse the relationship between people and their neighbourhoods. Again the theme is the need to integrate analysis of the physical attributes of a neighbourhood (for example its amenities and accessibility) with its meaning elements such as the potential for a feeling of belonging and attachment. A key element of the discussion in this chapter is the important issue of segregation. The key question to be posed is whether vulnerable people’s well-being is improved by living in a balanced community or in a segregated one. The chapter argues that there is no universal answer to this question as it depends on individual preferences, situations and lifestyles. The chapter concludes by bringing together the discussions of well-being, and the locales of home and neighbourhood to form a framework that will be used in the rest of the book to evaluate the outcomes of supported housing.
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