Social Housing in the European Union

15-01-2013

This briefing paper provides an overview of the social housing sector in the EU area. After presenting how Member States define social housing, it details the response of the sector to the 2007–2008 financial crisis. In addition, it sheds light on the most recent developments at the EU level on the conflicting interests that are necessary to reconcile within the sector: ensuring adequate and affordable housing for all citizens, yet guaranteeing open competition among market players. Finally, innovative social housing projects are presented.

This briefing paper provides an overview of the social housing sector in the EU area. After presenting how Member States define social housing, it details the response of the sector to the 2007–2008 financial crisis. In addition, it sheds light on the most recent developments at the EU level on the conflicting interests that are necessary to reconcile within the sector: ensuring adequate and affordable housing for all citizens, yet guaranteeing open competition among market players. Finally, innovative social housing projects are presented.

Külső szerző

IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, Michela Braga (fRDB and Bocconi University) and Pietro Palvarini (fRDB and University of Milan Bicocca)