Meeting Special Needs

  • Helen F. Cope
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)


The term ‘special needs’ is not easily defined. It is applied to the requirements of people who are deemed to have particular needs that are either not being met through ordinary housing or for whom general needs housing is inappropriate in some way. Thus lone parents, single persons and ethnic minorities are sometimes singled out as having special needs owing to the fact that they may be disadvantaged in the housing market. In fact there is nothing special about their housing requirements at all only that more often than not they fall outside statutory provision. What is necessary is proper recognition of the housing needs of these groups, combined with allocation policies which do not discriminate against them. It can be argued that equal opportunity should be promoted in every aspect of an association’s activities, thus the needs of ethnic groups have been discussed throughout this book rather than considered in isolation in this chapter.


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