The Housing Europe podcast airing from the heart of the European Capital offers insights into the work of public, cooperative and social housing providers across Europe. Why is it legitimate to claim that they offer more than just housing; rather a home to people. Tune in to discover the urban, social, environmental and economic impact that access to affordable housing has in our communities.
List of episodes
- Episode 1 - The State of Housing in the EU 2017
In the first episode, we discuss with the President and the Research Coordinator of Housing Europe the current State of Housing in the EU but also what is happening in France where the proposed reform of the social housing sector has triggered a lot of political tension.
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- Episode 2 - Affordable housing and sustainable cities: a dynamic relationship
Cities are the focus point of the second episode of 'Making a house a home'. As we are becoming increasingly “an urban species” according to the writer and journalist, Doug Saunders what is the role of affordable housing in the urbanized environment? What are the dynamics of the relationship between public, cooperative and social housing providers and the local authorities at European and at global level?
We discuss all that with Agata Krause, Policy Advisor on Housing and Social Affairs of EUROCITIES, the network of major European Cities and Özgür Öner, Head of the EU Office of GdW- the Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies and Chair of the Housing Europe Urban Affairs Committee.
- Episode 3 - Housing First
In the third episode of 'Making a house a home' we turn our spotlight to Housing First.
Why is this probably the best way to fight homelessness? What does the case of Finland show to the rest of EU Member States? What is the aim of the Housing First Europe Hub? Samara Jones from FEANTSA, Programme Coordinator of the Housing First Europe Hub provides us with an insider’s view on this innovative approach.
In the second part of our show we welcome Björn Mallants, the General Director of VVH, the Association of Flemish Social Housing Companies, a member of Housing Europe to talk about their experience on the ground with the Housing First scheme. How is it working in Flanders? Where do they draw their inspiration from?
- Episode 4 - EU support for social housing and a meetup with the largest housing provider in France
In the fourth episode of 'Making a house a home' we turn our spotlight to funding. How can public, cooperative and social housing providers get support for innovative projects from the European Union? What are the options available? What are the keys for a successful application and which topics are on the priority list at the moment? We will try to put together all the pieces of this puzzle along with the Policy Officer of Housing Europe, Edit Lakatos who has been monitoring closely both the potential and the impact of EU funding on social housing.
In the second part of our show, we will have a call with the Secretary General and Member of the Board of Directors at CDC Habitat, Vincent Mahe. CDC Habitat is the largest housing provider in France offering a really diverse portfolio of services. Mr Mahe explains how the French social housing model works and the key role of Caisse des Depots, estimates the impact of the ongoing reform in the country but also shares the main elements of an interesting agreement for international cooperation with one of the leading housing providers in Germany.
- Episode 5 - Pathways to social inclusion
We are back after quite a while indeed- sorry for the gap. We hope you missed us, we certainly did. And here we are, reaching out to you again from Brussels with an episode dedicated to an issue everyone in Europe has been talking about over the last years. Migration. The refugee crisis, the action plan, the integration process… These are just a few of the keywords that have been coming up again and again in the news. We will try to make the link with the place that is the key for the migration challenge in Europe and that is… housing.
Part of today’s fifth episode will be brought to you from the European Parliament where the final event of the Designing Inclusion Erasmus Plus project was held on October 18th. We will be hearing from the people behind it, especially the academic staff from the KU Leuven what are the project’s main findings. How does one city produce inclusive urban spaces? We will also meet the Italian, Socialist MEP Brando Benifei who has been the Rapporteur of the European Parliament Report on 'Refugees: social inclusion and integration into the labour market'. What is the policymakers’ view on the issue?
In the second part of today’s show we will ask Housing Europe’s Research Assistant, Mariel Whelan to give us an overview of the key findings of the latest briefing produced by the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing entitled ‘Pathways to Social Inclusion’. Finally, Fleur Eymann, Responsible for PR and Communications at Startblok Riekerhaven, the project everyone is talking about when referring to successful case studies of inclusive housing projects explains how they manage to co-house in harmony Dutch students and young migrants who have been granted asylum in the country.
- Episode 6 - Housing for All (from Vienna)
In this episode we reach out to you from Vienna and the venue of the international conference entitled ‘Housing for All’. We used the visit of our delegation to the Austrian capital for this event to hold two interviews that shed light to affordable housing from different starting points.
In the first part of our show, we meet the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, a leading voice in raising awareness on a number of key challenges for affordable housing- first and foremost financialization- through a number of impactful initiatives such as the Global Campaign ‘The Shift’.
In the second part, we see how Barcelona and New York city work together to address their affordable housing challenge. What are the issues that this transatlantic partnership is built upon? What kind of solutions are they looking for? How can you help them? Eduard Cabre Romans, International Relations Consultant to the Barcelona Housing Department has the answers to all these questions.
- Episode 7 - The life cycles of our homes
This time, we dive into the circular world. The circular economy is all over the place in the Brussels policy scene since the European Commission presented the Circular Economy Package in early 2018. But what do we actually mean with the term ‘circular economy’? What is the potential of the housing sector in delivering an eco-friendy future for our cities? We address these key questions with 2 excellent guests. TU Delft Assistant Professor of Housing Management, Gerard Van Bortel helps us understand better the challenges that circular building adaptation brings for public, cooperative and social housing providers but also the multiple benefits linked with it. Theresa Heitzlhofer, communications manager at Alchemia Nova in Vienna offers us insights from one of the demonstration cases of the Horizon 2020 'Houseful' project. We end our journey in Denmark where Lejerbo, a member of our Danish member organisation BL, is building the World's first social housing unit after circular principles.
- Episode 8 - Getting a taste of how the EU Green Deal looks like in practice
Housing Europe organised a field trip to the UIA backed project ‘Superlocal’ in Kerkrade in the Netherlands for a delegation consisting of MEP, Kim Van Sparrentak and European Commission Officials from DG Grow and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Participants had the chance to meet the stakeholders that made this truly innovative, circular social housing project possible. We followed the trip that aimed at offering a taste of how the European Commission flagship initiative, the EU Green Deal looks like in practice. Housing Europe showcasedto EU Institutions’ Delegation how a Dutch social housing company and local authorities are pushing the frontiers of circular economy
Stay with us to hear what were the reactions of quite a diverse group of participants when they arrived at a demolition site that is giving birth to new affordable homes in an area that is trying to revitalise, if not reinvent, itself.