Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region


Housing is central to people’s lives, their neighbourhoods, and social and economic well-being and policies can play a key role in ensuring it is safe, affordable and accessible. The publication “#Housing2030: Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region” is an outcome of the cooperation between UNECE, the UN-Habitat and the Housing Europe within the #Housing2030 Initiative. The report addresses integral policy tools for affordable housing: effective governance, strategic land policy, housing investment and active promotion of climate neutral and affordable housing and neighbourhoods.

The study draws on the experience of over 100 researchers, policymakers and housing providers from across the UNECE region and beyond, to define useful approaches, outline their advantages and disadvantages, and illustrate their practical application. #Housing2030 also provides recommendations for policymakers committed to improving affordable housing. This report is also accompanied by the Housing2030.org website of resources, including thematic podcasts and good practices.

Tools to tame the financialisation of housing


“The huge volume of research and spirited public and political debate on financialisation [of housing] have so far translated into only modest and fragmented policy responses. This, of course, reflects enormous imbalance of power between the winners and losers from financialisation,” #Housing2030’s researchers, Julie Lawson and Michelle Norris write in a new open-source paper that they have titled “Tools to tame financialisation”.

Have you listened to the #Housing2030 podcast series dedicated to the commodification of homes? You can also do so here.