The Saint for the Homeless of St. Petersburg Russia: Igor Antonov-

Working in housing and homelessness the last 10 years has allowed me to meet amazing and inspiring people.  I have met people selling homeless newspapers in Hannover, Germany, leaders in Portland, Oregon, real estate developers in Arizona, advocates in Scotland.  Every day, I meet people who give their life’s to helping those who have the… Read More The Saint for the Homeless of St. Petersburg Russia: Igor Antonov-

Student Housing in Italy, Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation

Student housing in Italy is not regarded as an asset class, while in other countries across Europe it is. Why not? Can it be? Urbanpromo Housing Sociale’s second Friday morning session was dedicated to answering these questions. Two speakers introduced student housing in Spain and France, followed by a panel discussion focusing on the Italian… Read More Student Housing in Italy, Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation

How a Public Housing Authority Transformed a Neighborhood in Germany

The debate is there.  Should a social housing company focus all energy on being an excellent housing provider?  Why worry about social issues when there are other agencies who can focus on these themes.  Many public housing agencies in the USA are looking for ways to improve the social situations for families and residents in… Read More How a Public Housing Authority Transformed a Neighborhood in Germany

The rise of the micrometropolitans? An interview with Joop de Boer

Ever since the first cities rose up from the marshes of Mesopotamia, they have been both the breeding and the proving grounds of all humanity’s greatest innovations, from the wheel to the first supercomputers— yet they continue to surprise us today. Pop-Up City’s Joop de Boer, who is hosting an ISHF event on urban ‘flexibilisation’,… Read More The rise of the micrometropolitans? An interview with Joop de Boer

Embracing change in France, UK and Italy-lessons in supporting tenant needs

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

Public Housing: 3 Innovative Ideas to Address 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