Integrating socio-environmental spatial information to support housing plans

The current challenge of promoting the sustainable provision of social housing for the global population requires
an integrated evaluation of the infrastructure and service availability across a territory. Few applications are
recognized for supporting social housing plans with spatial information, especially regarding the ability to
provide room for new initiatives. The aim of this research is to propose a Social Housing Index (SHI) for integrating and quantifying urban spatial socio-environmental information to support social housing plans. To this
end, data about land use and sectoral activities are integrated using a standardizing methodological framework.
The SHI supports studies on location alternatives for new housing projects and the availability of infrastructure
and services for the implemented housing complexes. The proposed index also harmonizes the development of
housing plans by making different demands compatible for supporting urban sustainability.

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