The Housing Solutions Platform is a new, expertise- and practice-driven initiative to identify, debate and promote innovative solutions for affordable housing in Europe.
It is a joint initiative of FEANTSA, the Fondation Abbé Pierre, Friends of Europe and Housing Europe.
The platform seeks to make a contribution to addressing Europe’s housing crises. It will connect people, ideas, tools and practices to help generate housing solutions. The Platform aims to go beyond the usual prescriptions and debates. It will focus on innovative solutions and will bring together experts from across Europe, with a broad range of perspectives from different sectors.
Its objectives are to:
- Facilitate mutual exchange and transnational learning on affordable housing solutions
- Connect cross-sectoral actors (NGOs, private sector, public authorities, policy makers at local, regional, national and EU level, investors) to develop capacity for affordable housing solution
- Support the transfer and scaling-up of solutions through pooling of resources
- Foster innovation and risk-taking to provide new thinking on affordable housing solutions
“Homelessness is not only about housing, but it’s also always about housing. Millions are facing homelessness in Europe every year and part of the problem is a very real lack of affordable housing. From the perspective of the homeless sector, we are working every day to end homelessness, but this is not a battle we can win on our own. We need to work with experts working on housing solutions from a range of sectors – from the financial to the environmental. That is why we co-created the Housing Solutions Platform. Collaboration across industries and levels of governance is the key. Only by pooling the existing knowledge and working together to come up with new ideas can the housing and homelessness crisis be halted.”
Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA.