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Tackling the UK's Housing Crisis - Innovative Affordable Housing

Principal Investigator Dr Tatjana Schneider, University of Sheffield

Abstract

The research aims to contribute to how the housing crisis, one of the UK’s biggest domestic policy challenges and of intensifying international urgency, can be addressed. When the role of government is once again seen as vital in funding and providing affordable housing for everyone (e.g. Renewal, 2016), it becomes ever more important to understand existing models of innovative governance and management structures that create as well as maintain housing affordability over time. This project will examine and analyse in detail two such models – the Edith Maryon Foundation, Basel and Terra Libra Immobilien, Berlin – that have been recognised by the global NGO Habitat for Humanity as instrumental in these discussions through, specifically, their novel use of lease-hold property & land policies. By investigating the specific contexts of the Swiss and German examples, the project seeks to explicate challenges and opportunities for the translation of these cases into the UK policy context and, by doing so, contribute to addressing affordability as one of the key global housing questions.

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