Javier Buron, Manager of Housing in the Barcelona City Council presented at the latest Housing Europe Working Committee meetings the municipal housing policy that aims to take a diverse approach towards the increasing challenges that are linked to housing availability and affordability.
Javier delivered 4 key messages:
- In Barcelona there is a housing emergency (eviction, squatters, etc.)
- But as there is life beyond the emergency, their greatest structural commitment is to relaunch the production of social housing in the city
- It is crucial to mobilize empty housing for affordable rental options and to support rehabilitation of existing buildings through the respective policy.
- Innovation is key in the promotion / obtaining access / management of affordable housing.