“Investment in Affordable Housing in Cities – Challenges and Solutions”
The aim of the workshop is to share the first deliveries of the EU Urban Partnership on Affordable Housing and explore the Rotterdam Zuid area as a concrete “living lab” to showcase how cities deal with housing needs of their citizens. Using the interactive format of a “world café” participants will have to opportunity to directly exchange with members of the partnership on a number of issues.
During the workshop and the field visit, at Afrikaanderplein, participants will experience how the social housing corporations and the private housing corporations and the City of Rotterdam work together to find solutions to this challenge. A number of important first steps have already been taken in recent years to create sustainable integrated urban development, however, we still have a long way to go.
In Rotterdam, we will look into ways of how:
10:30 – 11:00: Welcome coffee
11:00 – 11:05: Kick-off by moderator. Michaela Kauer, City of Vienna
explanation of day
Welcome word of Elena Szolgayovà, Slovakia coordinator of the Housing Partnership
11:05 – 11:10: Welcome word by political representative of Rotterdam Zuid area (tbc)
11:10 – 11:20: Short presentation of the state of play of the Housing Partnership
Dr. Orna Rosenfeld, housing expert, Sciences Politiques, Paris
11:20 – 11:30: Question and answers round
11.30 – 11:40 Introduction by Bert Wijbenga to National Programme for Rotterdam Zuid (NPRZ)
12:00 – 13:15: Guided site visit organized by VESTIA social housing provider
Return to venue
13:30 – 14:15: Lunch
14:15 – 14:25: Introduction into “world café” format
Presentation of themes and facilitators
14:25 – 14.50: First round of world café
14:50 – 15.00: Break, switching to new table
15:00 – 15:25 Second round of world café
15:30 – 16:00: Reports from round tables
Closure by coordinators
LCC ‘t Klooster: Afrikaanderplein 7, Rotterdam
In terms of scope and intensity, the socio-economic problem is greater in Rotterdam South area than anywhere else in the Netherlands. In order to achieve breakthroughs and to ensure the residents of Rotterdam Zuid are in a stronger position, parties have joined forces by designing the National Programme for Rotterdam Zuid (NPRZ). The programme focuses on three pillars: education, work and housing. Private housing stock is a focus of particular attention within the housing.
The challenge in Rotterdam South area is to ensure that the provided affordable housing remains in reach of those in housing need locally and at the same time invest in restructuring the private housing reserve to make the area socially and economically resilient. At the same time, the new Housing Act has, in recent years, heavily narrowed down the possibilities of housing corporations to act. Moreover, in areas such as Rotterdam Zuid, corporations are also faced with other priorities such as making their housing stock energy efficient.
The overall aim of the Housing Partnership is to create better legal and financial conditions for EU cities who need to invest in new, renewed, affordable housing for their populations on a broad scale. Through the orientation work of the Partnership in 2016, three priority areas were identified, which led to a division of work into three sub groups. The sub groups are covering the following themes: