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Why do we need a Social Housing Festival?

Our view and our shortlist of events

Amsterdam, 8 May 2017 | Published in Energy, Urban, Social

Why is the time for an International Festival for Social Housing right? As a proud co-organizer of the first global celebration of the long tradition of decent, affordable housing for all, we at Housing Europe suggest a few reasons, while we pick the most relevant conferences, workshops and debates to our members out of the diverse line-up of 42 events...


Getting our facts straight in this post-truth world

By Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe Secretary General

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone… This widely shared life lesson corresponds to the public, cooperative and social housing, too. Access to a decent, affordable home is the foundation of pretty much everything else. At the same time the lack of it is at the core of the urban crisis that unfolds in many metropolitan centres across Europe, widening the inequalities and generating a number of social challenges. We must keep in mind that there is no magic switch. Once decision makers take steps back concerning housing policies, it’s very difficult to recover. It’s very hard to start a housing system from scratch.

The International Social Housing Festival (ISHF) is a timely occasion for all of us to make noise in support of what we have in this post-truth era that reproduces stereotypes and myths around housing. We have many reasons to celebrate as well as numerous great examples to share of the work housing associations carry out on the ground changing people’s lives. There’s still a lot to be done, many changes we have to embrace so that we can provide the future homes. We therefore need a broad alliance of all forces to deliver this vision. Starting from the ISHF we invite you to be part of it, too! 

Our shortlist of ISHF events 

By the team of Housing Europe

Find out more about the complete event line-up!