The way that a problem is perceived influences the definition of the problem and the measures that are taken to deal with the problem. Drawing boundaries around 'housing problems' and separating them from sets of personal, social, national and even international problems creates analytically unsustainable divisions. In one sense housing is about everything and everything is about housing. However, policy action which comes out of a box labelled 'housing' cannot be expected to alleviate a multitude of evils. Attacking poverty, unemployment and social deprivation would, on the other hand, do much to improve housing circumstances. The systematic integration of housing initiatives with wider policies is something which governments have yet to properly address.