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

Social Housing in Stuttgart: Make it Simpler Stupid

Federal, state and the state capital Stuttgart has promoted for decades the construction of social housing. In return, the owners have committed to comply with certain occupancy and rent restrictions. Basically owners will give tenants cheap apartment for rent with certain conditions. The person so entitled (usually the owner) may only leave a social housing… Read More Social Housing in Stuttgart: Make it Simpler Stupid

Refugee Housing in Hannover built by GBH: Safe, Decent and Sanitary

Today I am writing a little about my host here in Germany which is called the Gesellshaft für Bauen und Wohnen (GBH). Yes that is quite a mouth full. Let’s translate that to English and try again. The Society for Building and Living would be the direct translation. Let’s simplify that one more time and… Read More Refugee Housing in Hannover built by GBH: Safe, Decent and Sanitary

Social Housing’s role in the German Refugee Crisis

Last Saturday, somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 refugees arrived in Munich in one single day. The large number puts a punctuation point on what is quickly becoming a race against time to find, build and provide enough housing for the new arrivals especially before winter comes.   The German government decided last week to commit… Read More Social Housing’s role in the German Refugee Crisis

Cologne Social Housing- Tale of a Growing City

Overview The population of Cologne is around 1.016 million. That makes the city around the 4th biggest in the entire country. Population estimates show that Cologne is expected to grow in the upcoming years. I believe the prognoses that are out there now will change dramatically and believing anything right now is dangerous. With the… Read More Cologne Social Housing- Tale of a Growing City

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) visits Dusseldorf

On August 31st, I joined a delegation of housing professionals from Canada, the USA and the Netherlands in Dusseldorf Germany.  Dusseldorf lies in the German state of North Rheine Westphalia (NRW).  In total, there are 16 different German states.  NRW is the largest German state in population and the fourth biggest in sheer size.  Four… Read More National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) visits Dusseldorf