One of the most interesting things I found about Nochlezhka and their organization was the night bus. As the annual report said, “ Going back from the street to a stable life requires a lot of effort. To start homeless people need to eat, otherwise they simply will have no energy to get their papers… Read More Homeless in Russia: Saving Life’s with the Night Bus:
I was in London a few years ago and I saw a sign up on the metro that said, “Nobody should have Nobody.” It was for senior citizens who were left alone for long periods of time with nobody visiting or spending time with them. The ad had a profound effect on me and I… Read More Affordable Housing and Seniors: Nobody Should Have Nobody
No topic appears to be more cultural related than dealing with ageing among tenants, as we learned at the ‘Senior Social Housing’ session of the Urbanpromo social housing conference in Turin. After introductions by Francesco Cocco on housing project for elderly in Barcelona and Gaullaume Lelong of Domitys about French elderly housing, we received a very… Read More Italy trying to prepare housing for massive boom of elderly
I recently met and heard from Carina Dantas who works with and in the social housing and aging industry within Portugal. She spoke at the International Housing Festival about demographic change within social housing. Mrs. Dantas let us know that the aging population is growing dramatically not only in Portugal but all around the world.… Read More Growing Old in Place: Can Housing Providers Find an Answer?
There are often complaints that the public sector is not innovative enough or is far behind the private sector. While there is truth in that statement, there are still hundreds of housing authorities around the world trying out and experimenting with new ideas to help the citizens and residents of their communities. Here are a… Read More 5 Brilliant Public Housing Innovations
I met Dr. John McPeake the CEO from Helm Housing Association in Northern Ireland recently and had the pleasure of hearing about how his agency is working on helping those with dementia. . Dr. McPeake let us know that in the UK the average age exceeded 40 for the first time in its history. By… Read More Public Housing-Supporting Residents with Dementia: Lessons from Northern Ireland
‘The inclusive city’ is a broad concept that has been mention many times during the past week at the International Social Housing Festival. Everybody has a right to the city, and for obvious reasons social housing plays an important part in this. The festival has been successful in exposing the depths of this idea, and… Read More The City has many Shades of Grey
The first afternoon session of the Housing Europe conference was about embracing changes. A talented panel came together to discuss how public, cooperative and social housing providers might future-proof their operating strategies. The focus was where to put our investments when it comes to technological and social innovation. To lead this discussion, a panel of… Read More Embracing change in France, UK and Italy-lessons in supporting tenant needs
Below are ideas for helping tenants given by 3 speakers at the international public housing conference in Amsterdam. Idea 1: From Northern Ireland: Supporting those with dementia The speaker did a good job explaining the increasing needs of elderly tenants. The presenter focused on how a housing organization can help those suffering from dementia. Dr. McPeake… Read More Public Housing: 3 Innovative Ideas to Address Tenant Needs
This article is provided by Aedes-Actiz Kenniscentrum Wonen Zorg and edited by the ISHF team. “The new townspeople will be old”, says Professor Jan Latten, Professor of Social Demography at the University of Amsterdam. “It’s not so much that the elderly go to the city en masse, but that people stay in the city and grow… Read More Jan Latten points out that loneliness amongst elderly is a key issue.