This study concentrates on analysing the allocation of affordable housing in Changchun as an example in order to understand how the affordable housing are distributed to intended families on one hand. While on the other hand, it means to study what eligibilities’ perception about affordable housing distribution equity. The research aimed at firstly, an extensive overview of the affordable housing field in Changchun. Secondly, the concrete distribution process including distribution criteria, distribution procedures, distribution outcomes and what equitable perception perceived by the eligible. In the end, this research theoretically explored the choice-based distribution model which first applied in the Netherlands with the expectation to provide positive views to Changchun`s case. A case study was conducted to understand research aims mentioned above in Changchun, PRC and two face to face interviews were operated in Delft, NL as a replenish to the CBD model. Following the introduction of the housing reform carried out in Changchun, several affordable housing policies and regulations constantly have enacted. The municipal government has been taking the lead managing affordable housing including construction, design and allocation. However, in recent years, numerous inequity distribution phenomena of affordable housing appeared in the society in China (Changchun) reported by mass media, national and local newspapers. Lots of grievances arose to criticize that the distribution of affordable housing conducted by the local government and Housing Sectors is unfair and ineffective by both ordinary citizens and eligible applicants. Additionally, it has induced not only great public attention but also local government`s focuses. The research reveals that in Changchun affordable housing policies and regulations are disordered and lack of transparency to the public. In the meanwhile, eligibilities of affordable housing are for a deficiency of distribution procedures, especially applying and lottery comparatively. Furthermore, although most of intended families feel equity about affordable housing distribution, waiting applicants demonstrate less satisfaction with allocation fairness than successful applicants imply. More specifically, waiting applicants deem the housing price, the location of housing are not reasonable and suitable for them. Beyond that, it is undeniable that corruption and political party membership exist in affordable housing distribution in Changchun. In the end, the CBD Model implemented initially in NL shows more transparent, equity and satisfaction that perceived by the public, which is the appreciated experience and reference for Changchun to learn from and to improve the fairness perception in the affordable housing distribution.

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Peters-Geurts, E.
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies

Ma, S. (2014, September). Evaluation of Fair Perception of Affordable housing distribution in China. Retrieved from