Asylum seekers in the Bijlmerbajes: How bad is it to live behind bars?

The short answer: very bad, according to Lorien Beijaert of Studio LA. Last summer, Amsterdam welcomed 600 temporary asylum seekers in the former Penitentiary Facility Overamstel, also known as the Bijlmerbajes. Beijaert and her companion Arna Mackic decided to make sure the bars would be removed. “Every time the asylum seekers look outside, they are… Read More Asylum seekers in the Bijlmerbajes: How bad is it to live behind bars?

Housing First in Social Housing – support for making it work

Housing First is an initiative that promotes the idea that affordable, permanent housing, provided with social support, is the key to breaking a cycle of homelessness. It is a model that believes quality of life can exponentially increases from the moment one has a home. The Housing First European Hub is a platform designed for… Read More Housing First in Social Housing – support for making it work

How housing associations across Europe promote integration

Some housing associations do more then just providing a roof above the head. They set up systems that promote the integration of refugees and other immigrants. Six best practices from all over Europe were presented during the event ‘Best practices of inclusiveness, migration and refugee housing’, organised by the network organisations EFL + EurHoNet. They… Read More How housing associations across Europe promote integration

Getting associations closer to their tenants: an afternoon at Zig’s housing hackathon

The hot sun beams down on the Westergasfabriek complex, still bustling with families, couples and friends, chatting and drinking, taking in the last of this fine afternoon. But these people are missing out on the main attraction here at the Werkkamer, hinted at only by a banner and a flurry of activity at its front… Read More Getting associations closer to their tenants: an afternoon at Zig’s housing hackathon

Doug Saunders’ 12 Conditions to Immigrant Success

Where do immigrants live? Does their place of residence change as the city evolves? How have the physical, institutional, economic, and political preconditions affected integration? These questions play a central role in the keynote lecture of Doug Saunders during the Opening Event of the ISHF. Article by Merel Pit, ISHF team Neighbourhoods where nobody wants… Read More Doug Saunders’ 12 Conditions to Immigrant Success

Opening minds through an European exchange of knowledge

Egbert de Vries of Amsterdamse Federatie van Woningcorporaties, founding partner of the ISHF, discusses the past and present of social housing in the Netherlands and points towards the importance of a European exchange of knowledge. Article by Alix Glodstein, ISHF team What is AFWC? Why should people know about your organization? AFWC represents all social housing… Read More Opening minds through an European exchange of knowledge

Potential Locations for Homeless Programs in Europe

Introduction: Problem: European cities continue to see a number of individuals forced into “Rough Sleeping”.  Rough Sleeping is defined as sleeping on the street as opposed to some type of shelter. Question: What city’s and NGO’s in Europe might combine to help create a successful homeless program in Europe?  More specifically: Are there any good or bad examples… Read More Potential Locations for Homeless Programs in Europe

Housing First in Europe- 5 Short Summaries of Test Sites

I am truly lucky for this year abroad researching and looking at social housing and homeless programs in Germany and the EU.  The world is increasingly more global  and sharing of best practices can not be limited to country borders.  As I researched homeless programs in Germany, I came across the name of a Dr.… Read More Housing First in Europe- 5 Short Summaries of Test Sites