I was at a conference on Thursday (3rd March) and asked 10 tenants (who were all new to me) why they lived with our current landlord (a transferred housing association).
3 elderly ladies said it was because they had tranferred.
1 elderly gent said the ame.
Of the other 6, 2 middle aged gents aid it was because the rents were at a reasonable level and affordable from their earnings and tax credits a they had fallen on hards times through redundancy.
2 of the remaining 4 ladies said it was because they couldn't afford to rent privately and work part time to support their families.
Of the remaing 2, 1 (mid twenties) had left an extremely abusive relationship and her accommodation provided a secure building in which she felt safe ... and the remaining youngster said she needed a home for her and her child who was conceived in horrendous circumstances.
This is what social housing is for -- a mix of reasons including 1 of the initial 3 who had sold her property to afford a retirement that she could enjoy in peace.