Sustainable Affordable Housing Provisions for Young Urban Households in Chinese Cities

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Author: Teck Hong Tan, Sunway University, Malaysia
Email: waltert@sunway.edu.my
Published: December 2013
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijss.1.1.04

Citation: Tan. T. H. (2013). Sustainable Affordable Housing Provisions for Young Urban Households in Chinese Cities. IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijss.1.1.04


Abstract

The rate of homeownership in Chinese cities increased from less than 20% in the 1980s to 82% in 2007. However, such a high rate mainly resulted from the welfare housing policy which was abolished in 1998. In recent years, it has become much more difficult to become a homeowner in China, particularly for the 1980s generation who neither could qualify for public rental housing units nor afford private houses for self-use in urban areas. The sharp hike in housing prices in the past few years in Chinese cities has made homeownership a great challenge to lower income groups. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the challenges of promoting homeownership among young urban households. This paper also offers suggestions regarding sustainable housing provision for them.

Keywords

homeownership, young urban households, housing reform, Chinese cities