Housing is a vital component of improving the quality of the urban environment. The existing public housing estates and high rise block buildings are often dilapidated and their maintenance and current functioning (water, heating, air-conditioning) is not energy efficient.

This is especially true in new Member States where it is estimated that 40 percent of the population lives in housing built during the communist era. In addition, these blocks are typically inhabited by those wit ...

Project launch :
01 May 2012
Project Completed :

Lead Partner

The Local Government of 18th District of Budapest (Hungary)[CV]


The 18th district of Budapest is situated at the South-Eastern part of Budapest. It was founded in 1950, from the union of two earlier distinct towns: Pestszentlőrinc and Pestszentimre.

The district is a residential area, at the periphery of the capital. The area is composed by family houses (loose installation) and more densely populated high rise housing estates and some industrial facilities. The population of the district today is around 100,000 and this amount is divided between the two divisions as 80%-20%.

Budapest's international airport (Liszt Ferenc airport) and the Hungarian Meteorological Service and the Central Atmospheric Institute are located here.

The Lead Partner started to built up the RE-Block URBACT network based on the need to find new tools and and solutions to give a boost to rehabilitate the “Havanna” high-rise block building estate, a deprived urban area situated at the outskirts of 18th district of Budapest. The population of the district is around 100,000 and the “Havanna” housing estate, having a population of more than 17,000 people with low income and social status.


Lead Expert

Ágnes Böhö[CV]


Ágnes Böhönyey, the selected Lead Expert of RE-Block, has significant working experience in the theme of integrated development of deprived areas and areas at risk of deprivation as well as relevant thematic expertise in URBACT projects.

Recently, she has worked on project development and management in the field of governance and urban planning, therefore, she has good experience in implementing multi-level governance tools.

Moreover, as the Head of Department of the National Managing Authority for the Regional Development Operational Programme she was heavily involved in the programming and design of urban rehabilitation programmes and their implementation, following the URBACT II initiative principles.