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The European Citizens’ Initiative #HousingForAll calls on the EU countries to create affordable housing
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Source: www.housingforall.eu
04-09-2019

77 organizations are calling on the European legislators through the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) #HousingForAll, to improve the legal and financial framework for affordable & social housing.

The European context: a serious housing crisis

Europe is experiencing a serious housing crisis. About 82 million people spend more than 40 percent of their earnings on housing and more and more people in Europe are in trouble because of their housing costs. The waiting lists for subsidized, social and affordable apartments grow longer and longer. In almost all member states in Europe, the number of homeless people is on the rise. As a consequence, people are being displaced from the cities, forced to leave and commute over long distances every day to work or study due to the high living costs in the city.

Land and real estate prices are exploding in Europe’s growing cities. Global investors (pension funds, hedge funds) are buying up whole districts, speculating on high profits. Meanwhile, there is too little investment in social & affordable housing. The investment gap in the EU is about 57 billion euros per year. The fiscal framework of the EU and the EU’s state aid law are hindering cities and municipalities in their efforts to crate affordable and social housing space. Also, short-term lettingto tourists via digital platforms shorten the available living space for the local population dramatically.

The priorities of the Cities for European Citizens’ Initiative

In this context of housing crisis, the purpose of this ECI is to bring about better legal and financial framework conditions to facilitate access to housing for everyone in Europe.

The initiative’s aim is to urge the EU to take action to facilitate access to housing for everyone in Europe. This includes:

  • Easier access for all to social and affordable housing.
  • Not applying the Maastricht criteria to public investment in social and affordable housing.
  • Better access to EU funding for non-profit and sustainable housing developers.
  • Social, competition-based rules for short-term rentals, and the compilation of statistics on housing needs in Europe.

Join the initiative and fight foraffordable housing in Europe!

To support a European Citizens' Initiative, you must be an EU citizen (national of an EU member state) and be old enough to vote in European Parliament elections (18, except in Greece where the voting age is 17, and Austria & Malta where the voting age is 16).

The objective is to obtain one million signatures to get the European Union to legislate to promote access to housing.

Check out the ECI website to sign the campaign, to spread the word and to stay informed.



 
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