European Policy on Housing

 Social Housing in the EU - published by the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in 2013

This briefing paper provides an overview of the social housing sector in the EU area. After presenting how Member States define social housing, it details the response of the sector to the 2007–2008 financial crisis. In addition, it sheds light on the most recent developments at the EU level on the conflicting interests that are necessary to reconcile within the sector: ensuring adequate and affordable housing for all citizens, yet guaranteeing open competition among market players. Finally, innovative social housing projects are presented.