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European Responsible Housing Awards 2019 Handbook

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This third edition of the Responsible Housing Awards saw a record-breaking number of 87 submissions (an increase of 29% compared to 2016) across five categories from 16 countries.

 

The jury members had a tough decision at hand but in the end everyone is a winner in the responsible housing community. In this Handbook you may find out more about all 25 projects of the winners and the finalists.

 

“More than a roof – supporting communities of equal opportunities”: the finalists here prove in practice that ensuring decent, affordable housing (and which will remain so in the future), understanding that this is key to avoiding social and spatial segregation and promoting social cohesion in our neighbourhoods.

 

“Leaders of innovation, agents of fair energy transition” provides great examples that through innovative, sustainable construction and renovation, made to the highest standard possible within the financial means available - housing associations and tenants can both reduce fuel poverty and the environmental footprint of housing stock.

 

The practices of the "Fair financing for housing affordability" category make the case that sustainable investment that ensures cost effectiveness and balancing of the level of services provided, related costs and how far current and prospective tenants/residents can afford them – can help with minimising housing costs as well as mitigating real estate speculation.

 

The leading initiatives in “Building strategic alliances, fostering community participation" highlight the fact that “No one is an island” and certainly, no (responsible) housing association works in isolation.

 

Good communication and transparency on how and why decisions are taken, between housing associations, local authorities, tenants/residents and other stakeholders, can ensure fairer and more effective collaborations.

 

“Empowering the team, addressing employees changing needs”: fair labour practices in a healthy, safe and positive work environment that actively promote equality and diversity are an essential starting point for the personal and professional development of employees.

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