Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities
A new European project sheds light on the added value of Community Land TrustsBrussels, 15 March 2018 | Published in Urban, Social
Housing Europe, as an associate partner, introduces ‘Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities’ (SHICC) that was launched in January with support from the Interreg North-West Europe.
The project seeks to support the establishment of more successful CLTs in cities across the NWE region. Over the three-year project, it will invest in four existing pilot CLTs in Brussels, Ghent, Lille and London to ‘prove the concept’, create a supportive local, regional and national policy, funding and regulatory environment for CLTs and build a movement across the region.
At a time of general lack of new housing supply through traditional housing models in many countries, CLTs offer an innovative and economically sustainable way of providing genuinely and permanently affordable homes. On top of this, they are enabling communities to take back control of their own neighbourhoods and create a better future that works for everyone.
At a meeting on the premises of Housing Europe, representatives from Community Land Trust Brussels, who are leading the work, presented the objectives and the ambitions of the project that can be summarized in mainstreaming CLTs across the region of North-western Europe as an option for housing supply and urban renewal.
Housing Europe is interested in supporting the consortium with the preparation of EU policy recommendations, by disseminating the project developments and by making the link with public, cooperative and social housing providers that take relevant initiatives.
* The official, European project kick-off will take place in Lille, France on May 22nd and 23rd. More information will be available soon.