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

Tenant Boards in Denmark: Best Practices in Supporting Tenant’s Diverse Needs

One of the key themes of this housing festival is diversity in tenant needs.  It is hard to imagine a better example of responsiveness to tenant needs than what is taking place in Copenhagen. Ulia Gregor works for DAB, an organization that houses many citizens across Copenhagen.  In fact, her organization has over 50,000 units.  The speaker… Read More Tenant Boards in Denmark: Best Practices in Supporting Tenant’s Diverse Needs

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

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