Housing must be
Social & Affordable.
For All.

Housing is a human right and not a commodity. We demand better EU legislation for affordable, public and social housing in Europe.

Legal Text

The purpose of this European Citizens’ Initiative is to bring about better legal and financial framework conditions to facilitate access to housing for everyone in Europe.

We urge the EU to take action to facilitate access to housing for everyone in Europe. This includes:

  • easier access for all to affordable, public and social housing,
  • not applying the Maastricht criteria to public investment in affordable, public and social housing,
  • better access to EU funding for public and non-profit housing developers,
  • social, competition-based rules for short-term rentals and
  • the compilation of statistics on housing needs in Europe on local level.

Europe is in a housing crisis

Housing is too expensive. More and more people in Europe are in trouble because of their housing costs. About 82 million people are overburdened by housing costs – unacceptable! The waiting lists for subsidised, public and affordable apartments grow longer and longer. In almost all member states in Europe, the number of homeless people is increasing rapidly.

People are being displaced from the cities. Many of them are forced to leave the city due to the high living costs and have to commute over long distances every day to work or study in the city.

Housing is a human right and not a commodity. The land and real estate prices are exploding in the growing cities. Global investors (pension funds, hedge funds) are buying up whole districts, because they are speculating on high profits. It is not about housing for them, it is about making money.

Too little investment in affordable, public and social housing. Since the economic collapse, way too little is being invested in affordable housing. The investment gap in the EU is about 57 billion euros per year. The fiscal framework of the EU and the EU’s state aid law are hindering cities and municipalities in their efforts to crate affordable and social housing space.

Short-term letting to tourists via digital platforms shorten the available living space for the local population dramatically.

We demand better legal and financial conditions to ensure affordable, public and social housing for all citizens in Europe.