Is it possible to organize social housing in Central and Eastern Europe as one of the elements of one’s housing career?

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In the Central and Eastern Europe region, social housing oftentimes makes up little of the overall housing stock and can be deemed by some as housing ‘gifted’ by the local government to the clients.

With a deficit of social housing, ongoing processes of privatization, the possibility of inheriting, and lack of verification of the financial condition of the tenants, social housing is not implemented by governments as a form of temporary support with a goal of improving the living situation of people and allowing them to move to affordable housing or to rent/buy a flat on the private market.

Why did these beliefs stay with us after the communist era? How could these be changed? Is it possible to raise awareness of public opinion, social housing tenants and decision-makers? Could social housing be just a step in a housing career? What is the situation in social/municipal housing in CEE region countries? Is a dynamic approach to social housing possible?

Moderator: Katarzyna Przybylska – Senior Advocacy Manager, Habitat for Humanity Poland

Speakers:

  • Wolfgang Aman – Director of IIBW, the Institute of Real Estate, Construction and Housing Ltd., Austria
  • Grażyna Szotkowska – President of Board at Szczecińskie TBS Spółka z o.o. (STBS), Poland
  • Vera Kovács – Founder and CEO of From Streets to Homes Association, Hungary
  • Dr.arch. Georgi Georgiev – Professor, Head of the Department of Architecture, New Bulgarian University
  • Martha Giannakopoulou – Director Architect, UIA Urban Expert, Greece