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A new survey wants to know if collaborative practices in housing are isolated cases or an approach that is widely tested out

An exception or a powerful tool?

Brussels, Belgium, 27 June 2024 | Published in Future of the EU & Housing

Post-doc researcher Ritika Batra is looking at the dynamics of collaborative housing and the power of driving change through common initiatives, spaces, activities led by tenants or residents themselves.

In a previously overlooked neighbourhood, residents took the initiative to improve their living conditions. The town council facilitated the participatory design process and renovated together with the young families living in precarious situations.

Over time, the residents, architects, city planners, and construction workers collaborated to transform the old, neglected village and revitalise an ageing rural community. 

This housing project Bogues du Blat in Beaumont, France not only enhanced the residents’ quality of life but also resolved long-standing issues of inadequate housing and community disengagement. It facilitated access to affordable housing for young families living in precarious conditions. They went on to develop new activities in the village providing them economic means to settle down.

This success story underscores the power of citizen participation in addressing community issues.

Is this one of its kind or are there more? 

This is what post-doc Ritika Batra who is with Housing Europe for the summer is researching as part of an on-going EU-funded project SOLVE-H. The Lisbon Municipality and our partner, urbaMonde are also taking part in the initiative. 

Please take a moment to respond to Ritika's survey here. Your feedback is invaluable and in return, you would receive an overview of collaborative housing across Europe.