Cities Engaging in the Right to Housing
Throughout 2020, Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) and URBACT have explored how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing.
We have collected stories and concrete examples from European cities already implementing the right to housing that others can take inspiration from, and gathered in one place:
The activity was structured around three topics and 5 webinars:
- Community-led practices: cooperative, co-housing and CLT practices, webinar of 24 April 2020
- No one left behind: addressing specific issues of accessibility to adequate housing by vulnerable groups, webinar of 26 June 2020
- Fair finance: municipal strategies protecting housing from speculation, webinar of 19 November 2020
- European Week's session on how to implement the Right to Housing in Covid times, October 2020
- Launch of Right2Housing.eu during a final event on 22 April 2021.
- EU cities explore fair finance to boost adequate and affordable housing
- Engaging cities to reject housing exclusion as a ‘fact of life’
- Community-led housing – a key ingredient of urban housing policy
ROOF Action Planning Networks aims to achieve the strategic goal of Functional Zero (no structural homelessness).
Check their latest report 'From Street Lockdown to a Roof Over your Head' that draws lessons from Covid-19.
"We can no longer hide behind the fact that officially housing is not a European competence because there are too many EU regulations that affect housing."
"It's proven that Housing First really works: in many cities that are using it, people stay in their house for years. It's also cost-effective, and in the end, cheaper than sheltering."
"It is extremely important to increase the purchasing power of city residents. We need to regulate private markets!"