At its annual General Assembly that took place in Amsterdam on 16 June 2017 Housing Europe welcomed the Association for Advocating Affordable Rental Housing- KOVA as its new member organization from Finland. At the same time the network of partners of the European Federation is expanding with Habitat for Humanity, Fondazione Housing Sociale and Social Housing & Property Rights in Kosovo (SHPRK) adding themselves to this new form of cooperation.
Jaana Närö, President of KOVA introduced her organization to the rest of Housing Europe members, who warmly welcomed the second organization from Finland to the Housing Europe family.
KOVA is a national umbrella association for non-profit rental housing companies and foundations in Finland. It was established in 2013 to strengthen the lobbying of non-profit rental housing companies and foundations. Our mission is to gather all the Finnish non-profit rental housing companies and foundations together. Our goal is to create permanent conditions for production of reasonable priced rental housing in Finland.
At the same time, Housing Europe expanded its network of Partners, a new type of cooperation with stakeholders across Europe that are not the national federations like the members of Housing Europe. Joining the Technical Educational Institute of Athens, the first academic partner of Housing Europe, in 2017 three organizations formalized their cooperation with us, namely:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Fondazione Housing Sociale and
- Social Housing & Property Rights in Kosovo (SHPRK).
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