Ideas, strategies and projects that give rise to pilot projects. They tackle the challenges raised by the stakeholders involved and which are found in particular places in Barcelona or Medellín.
A right to dignified accommodation is the fourth cornerstone of a state of well-being. Having accommodation in proper condition must become a basic right, given its key role in improving the quality of life of the city's residents. The current economic situation has highlighted the need for applying a social approach to housing policies, to dampen the effects of the crisis on the more vulnerable among our fellow citizens.
Barcelona City Council aims to make officially protected housing more accessible to the public through building leases. These represent a new formula lying halfway between purchasing and renting and they enable lessees to become flat owners by paying very affordable monthly fees similar in price to social-housing rent.
Barcelona City Council has transferred the lease of a building in the Born district that has been earmarked for renovation to the housing cooperative SostreCívic. It will provide homes for five families through an innovative, part access, part ownership, access scheme: right of use. It will also include new relationship frameworks between neighbours and a participatory, eco-friendly design.
Mobilising empty flats so they can be allocated to social housing is one of the aims that have been established for increasing the public stock of rented housing and meeting the growing demand for flats with affordable rents. Buying, revamping and encouraging the sale of flats by owners are part of the strategies that Barcelona City Council has been implementing.