Social Housing in Berlin: The Sexy City That is No Longer Poor

Berlin is known as a dynamic city with reasonable costs of living compared to other European capitals.  Because of this reputation, Berlin’s population over the last decade grew while inflicting new pressures on the increasingly tight housing market.  Once a city where a flat could be had for a few hundred euro’s a month is… Read More Social Housing in Berlin: The Sexy City That is No Longer Poor

Deliberate Civic Engagement: Are You Doing Enough?

My fellowship year has allowed me to participate in dozens of interesting meetings and programs.  Recently a door opened that allowed me to observe an ongoing transatlantic dialog between Germany and the USA.  Through connections at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bundesinstitut fur Bau-Stadt und Raumforschung, I received an invitation to… Read More Deliberate Civic Engagement: Are You Doing Enough?

Social Housing In Hamburg Part I

Hamburg growth in the 1980’s was not as strong as other areas of Germany because of structural changes. Since the 90s, the picture has changed. With the unification of Germany, Hamburg made economic strides, especially in international trading and business. Hamburg is also seen as an attractive city independently of its development of knowledge and service centers.… Read More Social Housing In Hamburg Part I

Social Housing’s challenges in housing homeless in Europe.

A question that needs to be asked by social housing providers both in the USA and Europe is what role do we take in regards to those who are completely homeless.  At first thought, the answer seems simple.  Social housing providers will do anything possible to help reduce the number of people who are homeless. … Read More Social Housing’s challenges in housing homeless in Europe.

Innovative Program in the Netherlands- Combining Elderly and Young Women

Social Housing providers serve many different categories of adults and families.  Two specific groups that we see in social housing are elderly and single mothers.  These are two completely different groups with completely different problems. In the USA social housing system, many seniors end up in a combo building that houses both seniors and disabled.  This… Read More Innovative Program in the Netherlands- Combining Elderly and Young Women

B-Schein- A tool to provide affordable housing in Germany.

Wohnberechtigungsschein or B-Schein for short is a tool/license used by Germany to both fund the development of social housing units and to provide a ongoing subsidy.   The details are confusing so I will attempt to clarify.  Below is an explanation of the B Schein Program.  I will use Hannover as the example city and GBH, the… Read More B-Schein- A tool to provide affordable housing in Germany.