Cities Engaging in the Right to Housing
Over the past 1.5 years, Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) and URBACT have explored how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing. There have also been positive collaborations with other stakeholders including but not limited to, Housing Europe, FEANTSA, Fondation Abbé Pierre, EUROCITIES and the International Union of Tenants (IUT).
We have collected city experiences and concrete practices from various European cities at the municipal level already implementing the right to housing that others can take inspiration from and exchange between other stakeholders, all gathered in one web platform:
The activity is structured around three topics and 5 web conferences:
- Collaborative housing: cooperative, co-housing and CLT practices
- No one left behind: addressing specific issues of accessibility to adequate housing by vulnerable groups
- Fair finance: municipal strategies protecting housing from speculation
- European Week's session on how to implement the Right to Housing in Covid times
- Launch of the new web platform Right2Housing.eu during UIA and URBACT's final event
The ‘Cities engaging in the right to housing’ initiative was successful in achieving a large and diverse outreach of the audience for each event, web conference and output delivered. The initial list of contacts interested in the topic of housing rose from 200+ people to more than 1500 towards the end of the activity at the final event. For the web conferences, there were more than 1200 attendees from 38 different countries. Most of the participants were city authorities, institutional organisations, NGOs and academics. They ranged from city policy officers, administrators, elected representatives to members of staff from UN Habitat, Housing Europe, FEANTSA, social housing agencies and the European Commission. What is even more positively striking is that the majority of the participants had not previously been involved in URBACT or UIA. Overall, the majority, around 92% of the respondents, found the web conferences to be very useful.
- 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.
Stay tuned for more inspiring activities and good practices. Meanwhile, check out our playlist on the right to housing!
"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!"