HOUSING MUST BE SOCIAL & AFFORDABLE
The purpose of this European Citizens’ Initiative is to bring about better legal and financial framework conditions to facilitate access to housing for everyone in Europe.
We urge the EU to take action to facilitate access to housing for everyone in Europe. This includes:
- easier access for all to social and affordable housing, not applying the Maastricht criteria to public investment in social and affordable housing,
- better access to EU funding for non-profit and sustainable housing developers,
- social, competition-based rules for short-term rentals and
- the compilation of statistics on housing needs in Europe.
Housing is too expensive. More and more people in Europe are in trouble because of their housing costs. About 82 million people spend more than 40 percent of their earnings on housing – that is unreasonable! The waiting lists for subsidised, social and affordable apartments grow longer and longer. In almost all member states in Europe, the number of homeless people is on the rise.
People are being displaced from the cities. Many of them are forced to leave the city due to the high living costs and have to commute over long distances every day to work or study in the city.
Housing is a human right and not a commodity. The land and real estate prices are exploding in the growing cities. Global investors (pension funds, hedge funds) are buying up whole districts, because they are speculating on high profits. It is not about housing for them, it is about making money.
The initiators of the European Citizens’ Initiative are therefore calling on the European legislators, to improve the legal and financial framework for affordable & social housing.