Housing Europe has launched a report “State of Housing in Europe 2021”. It is one of the most comprehensive housing reports in the EU providing an analysis of the evolution of the housing sector over time and by country. The report offers facts & figures about the housing reality all over Europe and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new report includes 21 country profiles and policy recommendations.
After a year into the global health pandemic, Housing Europe’s ‘State of Housing 2021’ report provides a first analysis of the impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on public, cooperative, social housing and our communities. The flagship publication produced by the Federation’s Housing Observatory illustrates the alarming housing reality in 21 countries and offers concrete policy recommendations on how to overcome substantial challenges to decent, sustainable, inclusive, affordable housing.
The vital need for shelter from the COVID-19 storm has made the essential role of decent and affordable housing even more explicit, reinforcing the strong link between adequate homes and health. Evidence shows that as little as a 5% increase of households living in poor housing conditions can result in 50% higher risk of incidence and 42% chance of losing the battle with the coronavirus.
The ‘State of Housing in Europe’ report acknowledges a mix of political decisions that could create a unique opportunity for Member States and the EU to invest in social, cooperative housing: The EU Stability and Growth Pact has been put on hold, allowing EU Member States to use debt to invest in both emergency measures and recovery plans. The EU has also made monetary policies more accommodating to face the pandemic. Eventually the European Pillar of Social Rights, which acknowledges the essential role of social housing in a modern European welfare state, is meant to be the compass of the European Commission to ensure that EU policies will support social progress, also in the field of housing.
Read the full report here: State of Housing in Europe 2021
Housing Europe press release: The state of Housing in Europe in 2021 | Housing Europe
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