The Belmont area was heavily populated from the 1950s by public housing estates, which were commonly occupied by low-income nuclear families who worked in nearby industries.
Society has changed, and statistics from Anglicare WA show public housing tenants in this state are 49 per cent single living alone, 25 per cent single-parents, 9 per cent couples with children, 5 per cent adults, children and extended family and 1 per cent couples with no children.
Perception of public housing has also changed, influencing the property market.
A property valuation study by ripehouse.com.au shows streets with high proportions of public housing are cheaper than those with lower concentrations.
Ripehouse.com.au founder Jacob Field said streets with less than 15 per cent public housing enjoyed 21.9 per cent more capital growth and better rental yields.