Social housing in Europe: the end of an era?
By Noémie Houard. Published in Metropolitics on 26 September 2012
Although there is no single European model for social housing, there are nevertheless a number of common trends and features in most countries in Europe:
delegation to local government,
a new focus on fragile populations,
reductions in the proportion of social housing.
In France, the welfare state is tending to break with its “universalist” vocation in order to target action on increasingly vulnerable populations.
Keywords: France, social housing, universalism, vulnerable populations, narrow definition, public investment