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What if... we imagined Next Generation housing with the youth?

Green, connected, inclusive 21st-century homes

Helsinki, Finland, 16 June 2022Save the date

In 2022, the European Year of Youth, European public, cooperative, and social housing providers would like to change the narrative for the better. The EU has committed to building a better future for young generations, making their days ahead greener, more inclusive, and digital – three dimensions that are intrinsic to housing. The annual conference will be held during the International Social Housing Festival in Helsinki.

If we gather a hundred millennials and young people in Generation X, how many would face difficulty in paying their rent? Could you guess how many would own a home? Would there be youngsters facing the dilemma of turning down education or job opportunities because it is hard to secure an affordable place to live? What percentage would live with their parents while their choice would rather be taking the path to independence?

‘Young households find it increasingly difficult to leave the parental home; they rent for longer periods and are less likely to purchase a home,’ the OECD report ‘Housing and Inclusive Growth’ stated clearly. Statistics across Europe do vary and yet, in 2021, young people took the streets of some of the biggest capitals reclaiming their fundamental right to housing. Having a home is more than four walls and a roof, it has direct implications on health, inclusion into society, education, the job market, and even affects when young people start forming a family. At the same time, paying high rent for decades can become harder when people retire and their pensions cannot bridge the gap between their income and basic living standard.

Is this disparity deeply cemented? In 2022, the European Year of Youth, European public, cooperative, and social housing providers represented by Housing Europe would like to change the narrative for the better. The EU has committed to building a better future for young generations, making their days ahead greener, more inclusive, and digital – three dimensions that are intrinsic to housing.

During our annual conference on June, 16th which will take place in Helsinki (Finland) during the International Social Housing Festival, we will zoom in on forward-looking policy solutions supporting the youth, hear from social and affordable housing providers who are already addressing the challenge with innovation, and give the floor to youth advocacy organisations to speak out clearly what their needs are.

We are expecting you on June, 16th at 10:00 EET at Kino Regina in the Helsinki Central Library Oodi.

Register here
https://socialhousingfestival.eu/registration/

A few things to keep in mind

  • With one single registration form, each participant can register for the festival and also for the different events.
  • Most events require registration due to maximum venue capacities or group sizes. Events that don’t require registration are mainly exhibition stands and online events.
  • Participants can register for the festival and return to their registration form later to register for the events. You can modify the registration and change your choice after you have submitted the registration form, meaning you can change which events you will attend. 

For any further information, contact Diana Yordanova.