Public housing helps tenants feel part of the community

ABOUT half of tenants in public housing have reported the housing had helped their social inclusion and job prospects, a national survey of social housing has revealed.

The survey was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Tuesday, which includes all rental housing owned by government or not-for-profit groups.

Institute spokeswoman Alison Verhoeven said about 70% of tenants reported feeling more settled and better able to manage rent and money when in public housing.

"Around half of tenants recorded that they, or their household, benefited by feeling more able to cope with life events and had an improved sense of social inclusion, including feeling part of the local community, feeling more able to improve their job situation and feeling more able to start or continue education," she said.

About a third of tenants said they had better access to services as a result of public housing and one in five reported they received "other benefits" from social housing.

The report also found more single people were living in public housing than couples.