Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing is a network of 46 national and regional federations in 24 countries. Our member organizations gather about 43.000 public, social and cooperative housing providers and manage altogether over 26 million homes, about 11% of existing dwellings in the EU.
What is the added value Housing Europe brings to its members?
At a time when housing seems to be a key challenge in many countries with supply of affordable homes being among the priorities of most political agendas, the added value of being part of a wider, international alliance increases. There are 3 key strands around which the activities are developed:
1. Policy formulation & Advocacy
Housing Europe represents and promotes the interests of the public, cooperative and social housing sector towards the EU institutions and and all other relevant stakeholders in the European Capital. Thus, you will have a stronger voice both at EU and national level by adding up your views to those of more than 43.000 regional and local housing providers from across Europe
2. Innovation, through knowledge sharing and networking
Exchange of best practices and ideas or strategies that work on the ground are among the priorities of the organisation. The exchange takes place both within the framework of EU projects and beyond, including international events, on a wide range of issues around technical and social innovation. Furthermore, our communication channels feed you constantly with information, while initiatives such as the European Responsible Housing Awards offer a chance to get in touch with exceptional projects that make a difference in the wider community in which housing providers operate.
The main task of the Observatory - the research branch of Housing Europe, is to identify research needs and analyse key trends in the field of (social) housing at European level, and thus support Housing Europe's policy work by providing strategic and evidence-based analysis. These research findings, together with the policy action and best practices across Europe are crucial to support your work at national level.
Membership is open to the following organizations:
- As full members, besides the founding members, to national organisations of providers building and/or managing social housing in EU Member States.
- As associate members, to national organisations of providers building and/or managing social housing in non-Member States of the EU.
- As partners, academic institutions, foundations and other organisations that are working on housing research and policy.
- Membership is also open to non-for profit organisations sharing the objectives of the association to promote social and affordable housing and the interests of members' organisation. Observers must be non-governmental unless no other organisation exists to represent the sector.
In order to become a partner, the procedure is rather simple and involves 4 main steps:
1. The interested housing association sends a letter to the Secretary General of Housing Europe, showing its interest to become a member. In case HE already has a member or partner in the same country, then the latter should approve the expansion of the European Federation in the country.
2. The Secretary General of Housing Europe informs the Board and asks the interested body to fill in the application form.
3. The request for partnership is discussed during a Housing Europe Board meeting; then, the Board makes its decision that will be shared at the General Assembly.
4. The representatives of the interested body are invited to the General Assembly and deliver a presentation explaining the reasons for the application and the added value of their organisation. Finally the Housing Europe General Assembly makes a simple majority decision about the integration of the new Partner.
As far as the timeframe of the whole procedure is concerned, it usually takes up to 12 months for an organisation to officially become a partner of Housing Europe. However, if in the meantime, the Board expresses its positive opinion then representatives of the organisation may be invited to attend Working Committee meetings or other events before the official approval of their application from the General Assembly.