Rental housing as a key to housing crises

At the successful first Housing Forum ECA in Budapest in April 2011 we learned much about insufficient housing and the need for improving existing housing, but also of best practices and of stories where residents participated for the common good. Most cases were from the ownership sector, the dominating tenure form in Central and Eastern Europe. But a market with merely homeownership is often not sustainable. [Read more…]

Investing in social housing in post-socialist Europe

In all Eastern European countries the future, purpose, and form of social housing are being questioned with a focus on city-wide initiatives to encourage private and non-profit provision to increase its supply in order to minimize ‘poverty trap’ effects. [Read more…]

Alternative housing solutions for the displaced in Serbia

Following the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, Serbia was faced with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees in the early nineties and then with more than 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Kosovo and Metohija by the end of the century. [Read more…]