The international conference "Housing for All - Affordable Housing in Growing Cities in Europe" took place from 4th to 5th December 2018 at Wiener Wohnen.
Adequate housing is a human right and the basis of social cohesion and social peace. Official data shows that more and more Europeans are at risk of housing exclusion. Housing has become the highest expenditure for European citizens. Rents and house prices are growing faster than the income in the majority of EU member states. About 82 million Europeans (equivalent to the population of Germany) cannot afford adequate housing, levels of homelessness are increasing all over Europe. There is no end in sight. The local governments of growing cities are under mounting pressure to find a way out of the housing crisis.
Which legal and financial conditions are necessary in Europe to increase investment in affordable housing? Which benefits does affordable housing provide for European cities and the economy? - At the conference, mayors and other representatives from cities and municipalities, housing providers, tenants’ representatives and also experts discussed better housing policies and ways out of the crisis with representatives from EU institutions. Towards the end of the conference, requirements for EU legislators were formulated from the point of view of member states, cities, municipalities, housing providers, trade unions and tenants` representatives.
The conference was a great success, 300 participants from 36 nations participated to talk about affordable housing. Due to the limited number of seats, a livestream was provided. The conference team also created a short film that shows some impressions of the conference for public usage.