Dutch Social Housing: A Long and Powerful Tradition

Linda Dreier | Patrick Kammerzelt | Philipp Ringswirth | Marlene Samhaber | Julia Staufer Click here to read the first part of this series entitled 5 Austrians Define Dutch Social Housing How a Schip impacted the social housing movement Our trip started at Vienna’s famous Karl-Marx-Hof. As a first step in Amsterdam, we, therefore, decide… Read More Dutch Social Housing: A Long and Powerful Tradition

Different cities, similar lessons: the AFWC’s pan-European discussion

On this balmy summer day a large group of people answered the call to come together to exchange knowledge and discuss the challenges that social housing associations have to cope with in modern times. Five representatives of larger European cities (Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam) presented their social housing context and the challenges they have… Read More Different cities, similar lessons: the AFWC’s pan-European discussion

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