#housing2030 - Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region. At least 100 million low and middle-income people in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region are housing cost overburdened; they spend more than 40 per cent of their disposable income on housing. Housing affordability is an important element of the right to adequate housing but is often a challenge for groups of the population facing vulnerabilities.
The aim is that the money that you’d normally spend on your energy bills, combined with reduced repairs and maintenance costs, pays for the renovation. You get a make-over for your house without any additional costs. This means rents will not change, only differently accrued. In other words: the monthly energy bill and maintenance costs get invested in the retrofit. Same rent, better home.
The database "Housing in Europe" by EUROSTAT shows the latest figures on many different aspects of housing in the EU visualized in a very engaging way.
In OECD and non-OECD EU countries, social rental housing represents more than 28 million dwellings and, on average, around 6% of the total housing stock. This OECD-report underlines the importance of this sector for social welfare policy and affordable housing provision.
Housing First is an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need to keep their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.
The Renovation Wave Initiative is at the center of the European Green Deal and the EU recovery plan ("Next Generation EU"). It aims to increase the rate and quality of renovation of existing buildings and to create jobs.