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Forget about the price tag! Let’s talk about the social value of housing

The annual agenda-setting event around public, cooperative & social housing in Europe

University of Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow or online (tbc), 15 October 2020Save the date

Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing, representing in Brussels more than 43,000 housing associations from across Europe dedicates its annual conference to the value that provision of affordable housing generates for our communities. The annual agenda-setting event around public, cooperative and social housing in Europe will be held on Thursday, 15 October 2020 at the University of Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow or online depending on the evolution of the pandemic. The event will be held jointly with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), a member of Housing Europe. Every year, more than 150 representatives of housing associations across Europe, policymakers, academics, researchers, architects, tenants and the civil society come together in an exchange that generates evidence-based policy suggestions on the key issues of the housing agenda.

Over the last few years, more and more cities around the globe have become unlivable for a big part of their population due to the increasing lack of affordable housing solutions. The financialization of land and housing and the dominant notion on the public debate of housing as a commodity is damaging our communities. In this context, public, cooperative and social housing providers have been committed to investing and re-investing in their neighbourhoods generating value in different forms and in the long-term. Housing Europe and SFHA will turn this conference into a call to forget about the price tag and rather focus on the much-neglected social value of housing instead!

Key questions to be addressed

  • How do we shift the narrative from the price to the value of housing?
  • What is the role of innovation and future thinking?
  • What is the right policy mix to adequately address the new housing and societal needs?

Why removing the stigma can be the springboard for public, cooperative and social housing to the top of the agenda?

The draft agenda and the keynote speaker to be announced over the next days, stay tuned!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We follow closely all COVID-19 developments both in the UK and in the EU Member States. We would, therefore, like to ask you to just express your interest to participate at the moment. Once we have a clearer picture of the situation, we will open registrations and we will inform you accordingly whether this will be a virtual event or not.