Housing Europe took part to the Urbanpromo Social Housing event which was held on October 11-12, in the impressive setting of the Modern Art Galery of Turin (Italy). Now at its 8th edition, Urbanpromo Social Housing is quite a unique event in Italy that brings together a variety of stakeholders to discuss housing policies and practices across the country. The initiative is led by the Istituto Nazionale d’Urbanistica together with a number of partners.
Alice Pittini of Housing Europe Observatory joined the first panel, on the evolution of the European framework for social housing. The session very much focused on current and future opportunities to combine EU funding and finance with an increased role for national promotional banks (Cassa Depositi e Prestiti in the case of Italy - with a keynote speech by Edoardo Reviglio, co-author of the report ‘Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructures in Europe’) as well as private investment and in particular social impact investment.
This year's edition of Urbanpromo included a strong international element, in particular with a reflection around the French social housing model and examples of social mix and urban renewal programmes from Paris and Lyon, bringing to the Italian audience a taste of what next year’s International Social Housing Festival will inspire.
For Housing Europe, it was also a great opportunity to link up the debate at European level with the evolutions currently happening in the sector in Italy, and to learn more about the work of our members and partners in the country. Our Italian members all took part to the event with the participation of Legacoop Abitanti and Confcooperative Habitat (both also as official partner in the organisation of the event) as well as Federcasa, and Housing Europe partner Fondazione Housing Sociale played an important role both in terms of content and support to the event.