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Content   Homelessness & housing   Some characteristics on homelessness &    housing in Flanders & Ghent   Making the p...
Homelessness & housingNeed for: Prevention of house evictions Improving access to regular housing:   developing Housing...
Context Belgium / Flanders   Home ownership central   Large, fragmented private rental sector   Small social housing se...
Ghent: figures (2009-2010)   114,795 households   33,500 low income hh   14,900 renting hh live in low quality    housi...
Homelessness policies: partners   City of Ghent: Unit for Local Social Policy   Public Centre for Social Welfare – OCMW...
Instruments private sector (1)   System of Social Rental Agencies: OCMW    and ‘Woonfonds’-NGO (300 units)   Floating se...
Instruments (2)   Prevention of evictions in the private rental    sector (by CAWs):     Building on experiences in soci...
Strengths   Local cooperation despite complex    political-administrative context   Various instruments to address probl...
Challenges (1)   Attractiveness of Ghent as a ‘hub’ for    ‘starters’: students, (EU-)migrants, people    leaving institu...
Challenges (2)   Existing regulations not always enforced     Quality & safety standards     Unoccupied property     V...
To sum up   Complex context, but fruitful local    cooperation   Innovations:     social rental agencies     floating ...
More information   MDavelaar@verwey-jonker.nl   www.habitact.eu                   European Research Conference          ...
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Making the Private Rental Sector Responsible – Some Lessons from Ghent (Belgium)

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A presentation given by Maarten Davelaar, NL at a FEANTSA Research Conference on "Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe", York, September 2012

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Making the Private Rental Sector Responsible – Some Lessons from Ghent (Belgium)

  1. 1. Insert your logo here Making the Private Rental Sector Responsible - Some Lessons from Ghent (B) Maarten Davelaar, Verwey-Jonker Institute (NL) European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  2. 2. Content Homelessness & housing Some characteristics on homelessness & housing in Flanders & Ghent Making the private sector responsible: instruments Challenges & Strengths (= potential for transferability) European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  3. 3. Homelessness & housingNeed for: Prevention of house evictions Improving access to regular housing:  developing Housing First (semi-independent living)  bringing down barriers to social housing  affordable housing in the private sector European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  4. 4. Context Belgium / Flanders Home ownership central Large, fragmented private rental sector Small social housing sector (7% of total) Complex, mixed governance system:  local and regional political priorities  local and regional financing of local services  services on the ground delivered by both public and NGO services  imperfect decentralisation: limited local public steering capacity European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  5. 5. Ghent: figures (2009-2010) 114,795 households 33,500 low income hh 14,900 renting hh live in low quality housing 7,900 renting hh: difficulties paying the rent 398 procedures for house evictions started, 125 evict. (other estim. 300-400) European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  6. 6. Homelessness policies: partners City of Ghent: Unit for Local Social Policy Public Centre for Social Welfare – OCMW Centres for General Welfare – CAW (NGOs) Other NGOs: Huize Triest, Street corner work, Woonfonds Social Housing Associations European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  7. 7. Instruments private sector (1) System of Social Rental Agencies: OCMW and ‘Woonfonds’-NGO (300 units) Floating services / supported housing also available to people in regular housing Agreement on prevention of evictions in the private rental sector European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  8. 8. Instruments (2) Prevention of evictions in the private rental sector (by CAWs):  Building on experiences in social housing sector  To address problematic situations in private rental market  Tenants and landlords can report problems  94 trajectories in 2010 European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  9. 9. Strengths Local cooperation despite complex political-administrative context Various instruments to address problems in the private rental sector Clear commitment: reaching out to clients in regular housing European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  10. 10. Challenges (1) Attractiveness of Ghent as a ‘hub’ for ‘starters’: students, (EU-)migrants, people leaving institutions Shortage of decent affordable housing: housing policies for low income groups? European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  11. 11. Challenges (2) Existing regulations not always enforced  Quality & safety standards  Unoccupied property  Vacant space over shops Need to invest further in prevention and (quick) re-housing while…the pressure on basic services is mounting European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  12. 12. To sum up Complex context, but fruitful local cooperation Innovations:  social rental agencies  floating services for people in regular housing  protocols on prevention of evictions in social and private sector Pressure on affordable housing continues European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012
  13. 13. More information MDavelaar@verwey-jonker.nl www.habitact.eu European Research Conference Access to Housing for Homeless People in Europe York, 21st September 2012

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