HSP Knowledge

Even in the most crowded urban environments, there are square metres left without use or purpose. Spaces too small for traditional urban projects, perhaps, but city spaces nonetheless. If no “traditional” housing can be built, it doesn’t mean no...

In addition to the two extremes of public and private housing, a third kind of housing option has recently emerged in Italy. The new option is financed by private (and public/private) means through the so-called ‘ethical real-estate funds’, which...

In the past years Finland has managed to decrease homelessness, especially chronic homelessness, contrary to the general trend of increasing numbers of homeless people in many European countries. The main reason for this positive development has...

Few people would contest that 2017 has been a rollercoaster year for the United Kingdom so far. Brexit was formally triggered. An unexpected snap election was held. Three devastating terrorist attacks ravaged Manchester and London. A shocking fir...

July 20, 2017

Housing exclusion is growing in Europe, and almost all member states see an increase in homelessness. Yet housing is a right: it affects every aspect of a person’s life.

The Housing Solutions Platform is a new expertise and practice driven initiat...

In Greece, the housing situation between the Second World War and 2009 was characterised by an extremely high rate of private ownership. Privately owned homes were considered a safe investment to pass on to descendants. In 2006 the rate of privat...

Housing has different functions for different groups of people: it provides a home for residents and work for builders and planners. It is a considerable economic burden for some and a source of wealth, status, profit or authority for others.

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Not all housing crises in Europe are equal. For example, in Serbia 29% of households spend more than 40% of their disposable income on housing – this compares to an already-burdensome average of 11% across the EU-28.

But within the European Unio...

Affordable housing is one of the most widespread social aims of the housing policies in Europe.

Although several definitions of the term exist in the research and academic communities, ‘affordable housing’ simply means that the ratio of housing...

Achieving a balanced housing system depends on two things. First, the development and availability of land tenures - such as home ownership, tenancy and intermediate tenures – and second, social housing schemes, as outlined by a recent European C...