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Providing affordable, decent and energy-efficient housing to guarantee a basic right and strengthen community life

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Reducing Inequality; Good Health and Well-being; Affordable and Clean Energy
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Background
Since the recovery from the big recession of 2008-2013 Barcelona, as many other cities, faces a Perfect Storm for housing. The combined pressure from tourism and gentrification, added to depressed local salaries and a deregulated rent market have led to a structural shortage of affordable housing for middle- and low-income families. On the other hand, the existing housing stock is rather old and badly prepared to tackle the climate emergency.

Our challenge
Preventing and addressing the housing emergency, ensuring housing really serves a social function, increasing the number of affordable flats and renovating the existing housing stock, with special emphasis on insulation and energy efficiency.

Expected impact
The Barcelona Right to Housing Plan foresees that in the period 2016-2025 the City Council’s direct contributions will amount to 1,672 million €. This will be used to finance 12,500 rent subsidies per year, nearly 20,000 new affordable housing units, and the renovation of 124,553 private housing units. Regulation and control (on rents, tourist accommodations, etc.) have been increased to guarantee the social function of housing. The expected impacts are a stabilization of the housing market, the provision of socially bearable alternatives to vulnerable families and individuals, the reduction energy poverty and of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the creation of jobs in the housing rehabilitation and alternative energies sectors.

Target groups
Low and middle rent social groups, specific business sectors (real estate, tourism) and public administrations.