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A HOME FOR EVERYONE

EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DECENT HOUSING

We want a housing system that works for people. Where everyone across Europe, from Paris to Warsaw, Dublin to Athens, has access to affordable, quality, healthy homes. We should all be able to rent a home without the “airbnb effect” driving up monthly prices, and we should even be able to buy a home, just like many of our parents and grandparents were able to do.

YET THE RIGHT TO HOUSING IS NOT PROPERLY RESPECTED

Housing is too often seen as a market for profit rather than a human right. Market manipulation and financial speculation are having a catastrophic effect on prices, leaving more and more people in the EU struggling to cope with rising housing costs.

The quality of housing is also a problem. Far too many people in Europe live in overcrowded, damp, poorly insulated or otherwise unhealthy housing.

Similarly, the housing crisis is also affecting people who are homeless. Every night, 700,000 people sleep on the streets or in homeless shelters across the EU. This has to stop.

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WE CAN SOLVE THE HOUSING CRISIS, IF WE WANT TO

The EU can no longer hide behind the illusion it has no role on housing policy. There are multiple ways EU rules influence the housing market. The European Pillar of Social Rights aims at providing “housing and assistance for the homeless”, so it is time to turn it into action. The EU needs to take an ambitious stance on housing and to support strong collaboration to improve access to housing for all, at all levels.

OUR KEY DEMANDS

The EU must act to end homelessness. To do so, it must

  1. Set an EU-wide target to end homelessness by 2030.
    Everyone has the right to a home. We call on the European Commission to take stronger action to support Member States in reducing and ending homelessness, by committing to ending it by 2030.

  2. Tackling evictions and creating inclusive housing markets.
    The European Commission should assess and propose, where necessary, new laws to counter the financialisation of housing markets and prevent speculators from making housing unaffordable.

  3. Expand the stock of affordable housing in Europe.
    Europe has a shortage of social housing, which is the main cause of homelessness.

  4. Develop an integrated European housing strategy.
    The EU can no longer hide behind its lack of competence in housing policy.

  5. Prioritise the Green Pact for Europe.
    The renovation wave can play an important role in providing healthy, suitable and accessible housing, fighting climate change, reducing energy costs and tackling fuel poverty.

  6. Adapt European rules to digital platforms.
    We want to give cities more control over rentals via platforms like Airbnb and Booking.com.

  7. Fight discrimination in housing.

OUR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

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Opinion |

All eyes on the Porto Social Summit

Katrin Langensiepen
Opinion by Katrin Langensiepen
Our eyes will be on Porto, when the Social Summit gets underway. We will be watching as EU governments publicly declare how much they care about the welfare and future of all children in Europe.
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Policy Paper |

Survey reveals widespread public support for combatting homelessness in the EU

An IPSOS survey commissioned by the Greens/EFA group reveals the views of Europeans on a number of key housing and social rights issues. Among the findings, the poll shows an EU-wide average of 62% of respondents agree that the EU should support their country in dealing with homelessness, while 77% would like their governments to do more …
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Opinion |

Ending homelessness is not insurmountable

Katrin Langensiepen Sara Matthieu Ernest Urtasun Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Katrin Langensiepen & Sara Matthieu & Ernest Urtasun & Kim Van Sparrentak
Homelessness is rising in the EU but it is not insurmountable, if we work together. This is why, with the support of Europe’s biggest cities, over 120 MEPs, Europe’s regions and the main social NGOs, we are calling for the setting of an EU goal to end homelessness at the Porto social summit.
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Opinion |

A home for everyone is possible

And yet, right now, at least 700,000 people across Europe are sleeping rough or in homeless shelters, an increase of 70% in ten years and it continues to rise. It doesn’t have to be this way. With your help we can change it. Sign our petition
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Chalk drawings of colourful houses/ CC0 Miki Fath
Opinion |

Time for real EU action on housing and assistance for the homeless

Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Kim Van Sparrentak
Earlier this year, the Commission launched a public consultation on its action plan to put the European Pillar of Social Rights into practice. There’s still time to respond and call for action on housing rights in the EU.
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Opinion |

The EU Commission’s Renovation Wave must put people first

Ciarán Cuffe
Opinion by Ciarán Cuffe
Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and the renovation rate in Europe is a win-win. It’s a chance to tackle poverty, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Ciarán Cuffe, Greens/EFA MEP and rapporteur on the European Parliament’s report: ‘Maximising the energy efficiency of the EU Building stock’.
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Housing rights before market interests, for a socially just recovery

Kim Van Sparrentak
Opinion by Kim Van Sparrentak
Our housing system is not working for people. Across Europe, from Paris to Warsaw, Dublin to Athens, an increasing number of people in the EU are struggling to afford the rising costs of housing. Greens/EFA MEP Kim van Sparrentak is leading a report in the European Parliament to tackle the housing crisis.