Since January 2020, UIA and URBACT are exploring how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing. Coordinated by Laura Colini (UIA and Urbact Expert), the activity builds on UIA and URBACT cities experiences and knowledge to explore innovative solutions and push further the agenda on the right to housing EU wide on 3 specific topics:
- Community-led practices: How can cities build alternative community-led housing models?
Held on 24 April, this 1st webconference explored the practical ways cities implement community-led practices for housing. 300 participants shared their ideas and experiences with city practitioners and experts on how to design alternative housing models that meet residents’ needs for safe, adequate and affordable housing.
- No one left behind: How can cities fight against housing exclusion?
Held on 26 June, this 2nd web conference focused on housing exclusion, homelessness and migration, featuring the preview of the forthcoming 5th Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe, alongside case studies of UIA and URBACT cities addressing the housing needs of homeless people and migrants.
In the last few months, governments across Europe have invested unprecedented efforts to keep safe those at risk, with cities implementing exceptional strategies and measures to keep everyone housed. In some cases, this has nearly reduced homelessness to zero. However, in the aftermath of the peak of the emergency last spring, long-term affordable, suitable and dignified solutions become a mandate that cannot be ignored.
The goal of this session was therefore to explore cities' engagement in housing strategies, and their experiences in practice, bringing several EU-level organisations to the table to discuss housing strategies at urban level.
Next web conference will take place on 19 November (10 AM-12 PM) and will explore municipal strategies to implement fair finance mechanisms to ensure affordability and inclusion. From UIA , the Yes We Rent! project from Mataró will present its experience with innovative financial mechanism protecting housing from speculation at local level (provision of social rent, reuse of vacant building). High-level speakers will take the floor to discuss the different levers of action cities have in relation to the financialisation of their housing market.