Collaboration, Cooperation and Tenant Engagement: The Future of Social Housing

  The European Federation for Living (EFL) just wrapped up its annual autumn conference located this year in Gent, Belgium.  Over sixty participants from across Europe attended the conference, ranging from social and public housing associations, universities and research institutes, and private businesses working in the housing sector. Tenant engagement and cooperative and collaborative housing… Read More Collaboration, Cooperation and Tenant Engagement: The Future of Social Housing

^HousingFutures’ 2017: collaborative housing

This week we will look back on ^HousingFutures’ 2017. Today we focus on collaborative housing and tenant engagement. Collaborative housing is the new buzz word among citizens of Europe’s biggest cities. With a reason. In our article about the ‘Urbanpromo Social Housing’ conference, we summarize Darinka Czischke’s (assistant professor, TU Delft) speech, poining out that it… Read More ^HousingFutures’ 2017: collaborative housing

Student Housing in Italy, Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation

Student housing in Italy is not regarded as an asset class, while in other countries across Europe it is. Why not? Can it be? Urbanpromo Housing Sociale’s second Friday morning session was dedicated to answering these questions. Two speakers introduced student housing in Spain and France, followed by a panel discussion focusing on the Italian… Read More Student Housing in Italy, Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation

Italy trying to prepare housing for massive boom of elderly

No topic appears to be more cultural related than dealing with ageing among tenants, as we learned at the ‘Senior Social Housing’ session of the Urbanpromo social housing conference in Turin. After introductions by Francesco Cocco on housing project for elderly in Barcelona and Gaullaume Lelong of Domitys about French elderly housing, we received  a very… Read More Italy trying to prepare housing for massive boom of elderly

Ground Breaking Funding Concepts in Italy’s Social Housing Sector

  This is the second in a series of 3 articles about the Fondazione Housing Sociale Non-Profit in Italy. Special thanks to Chiara Rizzica for providing the context and material for this article.   To read part I- click here. Building and financing social housing is an exercise in patience and diligence.  Finding the funds,… Read More Ground Breaking Funding Concepts in Italy’s Social Housing Sector

How Italy’s Fondazione Housing Sociale is Revolutionizing the Social Housing Sector-

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Chiara Rizzica of Fondazione Housing Sociale who is from Milan, Italy.  She is both an architect and the person responsible for coordinating International Partnership projects.   In our discussions, I learned that the organization she works for is not a social housing company but a new aged consultancy… Read More How Italy’s Fondazione Housing Sociale is Revolutionizing the Social Housing Sector-

Embracing change in France, UK and Italy-lessons in supporting tenant needs

The first afternoon session of the Housing Europe conference was about embracing changes.  A talented panel came together to discuss how public, cooperative and social housing providers might future-proof their operating strategies.  The focus was where to put our investments when it comes to technological and social innovation.   To lead this discussion, a panel of… Read More Embracing change in France, UK and Italy-lessons in supporting tenant needs