IUTs Barbara Steenbergen in panel: How to implement the right to housing?
Government decisions can kill or save lives: the COVID-19 health crisis has given sharp perspective to the fact that public policies ensuring housing adequacy and affordability are vital. In the last few months, governments across Europe have invested unprecedented efforts to keep safe those at risk, with cities implementing exceptional strategies and measures to keep everyone housed. In some cases, this has nearly reduced homelessness to zero. However, in the aftermath of the peak of the emergency last spring, long-term affordable, suitable and dignified solutions become a mandate that cannot be ignored.
In 2020, UIA and URBACT are exploring how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing. The goal of this session is to explore cities’ engagement in this area, and their experiences in practice, pushing the agenda on the right to housing in Europe and further enriching work under the EU Urban Agenda. Participants at the session will have an opportunity to share their input on affordable housing and their (current) situation.
Alice Fauvel, Communication and capitalisation officer, URBACT, France.
Ophélie Tainguy, Project and communication officer, Urban Innovative Actions Initiative, France.
Silvia Ganzerla, Policy Director, Eurocities, Belgium.
Michaela Kauer, Coordinator of the EU Urban Agenda Housing Partnership, City of Vienna, Austria.
Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe, Housing Europe, Belgium.
Barbara Steenbergen, Head of EU Office, International Union of Tenants, Belgium.