Project duration: December 2016 – September 2017
Client: European Housing Partnership (EHP)
Metropolitan Research Institute was involved in the project “Overcoming Obstacles to the Funding and Delivery of Affordable Housing Supply in European Cities”: as housing policy advocacy groups have been becoming increasingly aware of the structural differences of housing affordability challenges and possibilities in old and new EU member states, MRI was commissioned to lead an expert team on affordable housing challenges in the eleven new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe.
EHP consists of the representatives of five EU member states: Slovakia (coordinator), Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Slovenia; and two observers, the Czech Republic, and Sweden. Together with a number of cities, networks, NGOs and EU institutions, they contributed to the European Union’s shaping Urban Agenda. EHP is committed to promoting investment in affordable housing: finding good practice in funding and innovation, and also by identifying systemic challenges which constrain the growth of the sector. Scottish Cities Alliance’s working group, led by Professor Ken Gibb (University of Glasgow), investigated the Western European experience of these issues, while MRI leads the research on Central and Eastern European states.
The project focusing on CEE countries, “Affordable Housing in Central and Eastern Europe: Identifying and Overcoming Constraints in New EU Member States”, is led by MRI’s senior researcher József Hegedüs. MRI’s own staff is supported by in-country experts Martin Lux (Czech Academy of Science), Anneli Kährik (Uppsala University), Richard Sendi (Urban Planning Institute of Slovenia), and Veronika Reháková of the project coordinator, the Ministry of Transport and Construction of Slovakia.