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Local Housing System Analysis: Housing needs assessment

This guide provides practical assistance on how to carry out Local Housing System Analysis.

8 Sep 2011
Local Housing System Analysis: Housing needs assessment

In this chapter we will set out what is involved in undertaking local housing needs assessments (HNA). Specifically the chapter:

  • Identifies the requirements of a practical definition of housing needs
  • Explains the different approaches to and methods of doing HNA and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Explains the ODPM model and provides practical advice on applying aspects of it
  • Discusses information requirements and sources for HNA

The chapter concludes with a summary of the outputs from HNA that can be used to inform further LHSA work.


LHSA: Housing needs assessment

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Murdo MacPherson - Head of Housing Market Analysis - 0131 244 0803
Charles Brown - Statistician - 0131 244 0870

Centre for Housing Market Analysis
Scottish Government
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