Alice Pittini, Elsa Laino, Housing Europe Review 2012, The nuts and bolts of European social housing systems, CECODHAS Housing Europe’s Observatory, October 2011.
This Review provides an update of the 2007 report Housing Europe 2007- Review of social, co-operative and public housing in the 27 EU member states. While the previous review aimed at providing an overview of the main development in housing policies and housing markets affecting the social, cooperative and public housing sector, the current study focuses on social housing and aims at providing a clearer picture of the way social housing systems are structured across the EU, while identifying the main recent trends in the sector.
This Review draws on the main and most recent statistical reports and specialised literature available to this date (October 2011), listed in the reference section.
It also represented an opportunity to take stock of the work of CECODHAS Housing Europe Observatory over the last 3 years, as this report was fed by a number of studies we have carried out since 2008, as indicated in the references.
Finally, as for the 2007 Review, this study would not have been
possible without a consolidated network of correspondents, including
both experts from CECODHAS Housing Europe member organisations and external national experts, who proved particularly helpful in covering those countries where CECODHAS housing Europe does not have any member organisation.
Themes and structure
This Review is structured in three chapters. Following these first
introductory remarks, the first chapter presents a short overview
of the context in which the social housing sector is embedded,
namely the characteristics and recent developments in the housing
markets, in terms of housing tenures and availability, affordability,
quality and demographic trends impacting housing
The second chapter brings together the information presented in
the country profiles, providing a brief analysis of the social housing
sector from different perspectives : the diversity of definitions
at the national level and common characteristics across Europe,
the size of the sector, which kind of actors are involved in social
housing provision, who can benefit from a social dwelling in the
different national contexts, how the sector is financed and what
are the most innovative solutions in this sense.
The third chapter presents the 27 country profiles of the social
housing sector. Each of them includes a collection of ‘facts and
figures’ summarising some key housing and related indicators in
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Housing Europe Review 2012