Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing

CECODHAS Housing Europe, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the European Parliament Urban Intergroup are organizing a seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels along the theme “Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing: Quality housing for population health and equity: EU cross-sector collaboration amidst health and social crises“. The event will take place on January 22, 2013. CECODHAS is a supporting partner of the Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia.

The purpose of this seminar will be to bring issues of housing, poverty, inequalities, health and wellbeing in line, and to qualify the extent of the problem by bringing in speakers from EU and international institutions, as well as acclaimed academics. The meeting will aim at informing cross-sectorial civil society actors on potential of more comprehensive advocacy on health-housing links and showing the potential of benefits between social housing organisations and public health organisations.

For far too long, housing and health have remained in fundamentally separate policy silos. The introduction of a ‘health in all policies’ approach has started to increase the impetus towards searching for win-win situations, for synergies between health and other areas – notably housing. Housing conditions affect people’s health. If these conditions are of poor quality, inadequate or unaffordable; or even simply speaking – unavailable per definition of being homeless, people’s health gets compromised and damaged beyond repair on a longer run.

The event will be of particular interest and importance for the representatives of civil society organisations dealing directly and indirectly with health and housing issues, wishing to learn on health-housing links, analyse on recent developments at EU policy level on health and housing, explore on potentials for increased advocacy and use of EU funds on a health-housing link, and build up and/or expand their cross-sectoral network for future partnerships and collaboration.

Draft agenda and registration on this page

CECODHAS are a network of national and regional housing federations of housing organisations. Together the 43 members in 18 European members States manage 25 million dwellings which represent 12% of the total housing stock.

Its members work together for a Europe that provides access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and where all are enabled to reach their full potential.