Collaborative Housing Day

Wednesday June 15
At 09:00–17:15
Workshop, Networking event
Achieving affordability and sustainability in housing, The right to housing: getting rid of the excuses not to guarantee it
CoHabitat Network
Maijansali, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Registration required

Target group:
Housing professionals, community and project leaders (including local initiatives), representatives of local authorities and professional housing associations, researchers and students from across the world, representatives of organisations able to provide finance for collaborative housing, as well as EU institutions and anyone interested in learning about community-led and non-speculative housing provision.

Event description:
Please see the online programme to see updated information and for remote registration for events if you can’t make it to Helsinki!

09:00 - Inauguration: Why a Collaborative Housing Day and why are collaborative housing models needed today?

Duration: 30min (09:00–09:30)
Hybrid Format
Invited speakers: 
- Adriana Allen, President, Habitat International Coalition, on behalf of CoHabitat Network
- Julien Dijol, Europe’s Policy Director, Housing Europe  
- Barcelona City Council (person tbc)

Content: Before we kick off the Collaborative Housing Day, we will start by addressing the key question that brings us here to discuss community-driven models of housing provisions. This overview aims to provide the bigger picture of how collaborative models fit in the challenges faced in the housing sector in European Cities - while also zooming out to a more global perspective, highlighting that housing dynamics are interlinked and share similarities worldwide. The role and relevance of different collaborative housing models in addressing some of our biggest local and global challenges will be presented by Housing Europe, the CoHabitat Network and the City Council of Barcelona - offering views from across the public, social housing and community-driven sector.

09:35 - Roundtable: Collaborative Housing: building resilience against crises

Duration: 1h00 (09:35–10:35)
Format: Hybrid
Invited speakers:
- Darinka Czischke, Co-Lab research, Netherlands
- Pierre Arnold, urbaMonde - France and CO-HOPE European research project.
- Rossana Zaccaria, Legacoop Abitanti, Italy
- Testimonies from Collaborative housing residents (tbc)

Content: Introducing the day with a discussion about the benefits of collaborative housing forms for their residents in the pandemic and financial crisis contexts. Co-Lab and urbaMonde have generated resident’s stories and a study about the benefits of living in a co-housing, a housing cooperative or a home on land managed by a Community Land Trust, in many aspects including security from evictions or foreclosure, tight communities, psychological support and self-help among direct neighbours and with vulnerable populations of the broader neighbourhood, income generating activities, etc. Evidence also showed the resistance of CLTs and Cooperatives to foreclosure and evictions during the 2008 financial and economic crisis.

10:40 - Workshop: Financial frameworks for collaborative housing in Central and South-eastern Europe: scaling up the MOBA Housing Development Fund

Duration: 1h15 (10:40–11:55)
Format: Hybrid
Invited speakers:
- Ana Džokić, MOBA Housing SCE, Serbia
- Maša Hawlina, MOBA Housing SCE, Slovenia
- Goran Jeras, Cooperative for Ethical Finance, Croatia
- Gauthier Guerin, Radical Routes, United Kingdom (tbc)
- Blase Lambert, Confederation of Cooperative Housing, United Kingdom / CHI (tbc)

Content: In Central and Southeastern Europe (Balkans) there is hardly any social housing and no alternatives to the market provision of housing. Affordable collaborative housing could help fill this gap, but it is challenging to finance these new models when there is a lack of institutional know-how and targeted financial products. This session looks at the case of MOBA Housing SCE (MOBA), a network that federates pioneering housing cooperative initiatives in 5 countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia). MOBA has responded to this challenge by starting a housing development fund on a small scale and is now coming up with ways to scale up and make collaborative housing a concrete alternative in these countries.

12:00 - Networking event: “Speed-dating” with collaborative housing projects and networks

Duration: 1h25 (12:00–13:25)
Format: In person
Participants (More to come):
Athos Ry (Finland), Cooperative Housing International (Global), EU CLT Network (Belgium, UK), Habitat & Participation (Belgium), MOBA Cooperatives (Serbia, Slovenia), Sostre Civic (Spain), Tafkao architects (Austria, Finland, Germany), Village Co-Living (Finland).

Content: Want to find out more about what collaborative housing projects are all about? How do they work? What are their aims? How do they collaborate with social housing providers? What are their successes and obstacles? This ‘speed dating’ activity allows attendants to choose three projects they want to meet. Participants start off at a table with a project representative and a small group of other attendants, and after 20 minutes everyone changes tables and goes to another project they want to meet. This dynamic facilitation gives opportunities for informal talks, networking and to discover what’s happening on the ground.

13:30 - Workshop: Co-Lab Mapping project: a visualisation tool for collaborative housing in Europe

Duration: 1h00 (13:30–14:30)
Format: Hybrid
Invited speakers (More to come):

- Dr Darinka Czischke, Co-Lab Research 
- Sara Brysch, Co-Lab Research
- Alice Pittini, Research Director, Housing Europe

Content: Quantitative data on collaborative housing forms are currently scattered, and there is a lack of standard definitions. This situation prevents a comparative understanding of the challenges and opportunities that these housing forms can offer. The Co-Lab Mapping project aims to tackle this problem. To do so, it proposes a classification of collaborative housing and a mapping tool, accessible through an interactive online platform. In this session the Co-Lab Research team will present the tool, which will be followed by a panel discussion with practitioners, policymakers, and end-users (residents). Panellists will be invited to reflect on the relevance of collecting data on collaborative housing forms at national and local level, and the role of evidence to improve decision-making in this field.

14:35 - Roundtable: What are the key conditions to foster collaborative housing? Lessons from across the globe

Duration: 1h15 (14:35–15:50)
Format: Hybrid
Invited speakers (More to come):
- Adriana Allen, Habitat International Coalition, Global
- Alexandre Apsan Frediani, IIED, United Kingdom (tbc)
- Mariangela Veronesi, World Habitat Global Community-led Housing programme, United Kingdom
- Catalytic Communities, Brazil (tbc)
- Nina Quintas, UrbaMonde, Switzerland
- Jessica Soto, We Effect, Philippines

Context: It is key to advance on broadening the conversation and strengthening the linkages with experiences from other regions under the scope of collaborative housing. In particular, the long-standing initiatives and experiences related to social production of habitat, especially in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, have much to add in terms of identifying connections regarding key components of collaborative housing, such as community and resident leadership and affordability. Thus, this event aims to promote an exchange between actors from different regions, based on concrete experiences in order to advance on a shared conception of the key necessary conditions for advancing collaborative housing. From governance and planning, to finance and community leadership, some key aspects will be highlighted to pinpoint possible enabling environments for the flourishing of an enlarged conception of collaborative housing.

16:00 - Workshop: Community Land Trusts and Social Housing: Collaborating for the Right to Housing 

Duration: 1h15 (16:00–17:15)
Format: Hybrid
Invited speakers: 
- Joaquin de Santos, European Community Land Trust Network, Belgium
- Steve Watson, Partner, Middlemarch Community-Led Housing, UK
- Javier Burón, Housing Manager, Barcelona City Council, Spain (tbc)
- CLTs collaborating with social housing organisations (tbc)
- Social housing provider (tbc)

Content: This workshop seeks to explore how Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and social housing organisations can work together to deliver on the right to housing. The core message is that partnerships between CLTs and social housing organisations can create strong housing projects that put residents at the centre. It will start with brief presentations on concrete collaborations between CLTs and social housing organisations, followed by a panel discussion with CLT and social housing representatives on how to ensure sound collaboration. This discussion will also involve the audience.

17:15 - End of the day and informal networking outside the Central Library!


Cooperative Housing International
CHI promotes cooperative housing as an economic and social solution to the problem of providing shelter. It aims to demonstrate the successes and best practices of housing cooperatives throughout the world and raises awareness about the potential of housing co-ops as widely as possible.

Co-Lab Research
Located in the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, at the Delft University of Technology, Co-Lab Research is a research group working on the development, discussion and valorisation of knowledge on Collaborative Housing.

European Community Land Trust Network
The network gathers a wide variety of actors actively developing the Community Land Trust (CLT) model, either directly working with CLTs, networks of CLTs, or supporting the creation of new CLTs, with the aim of being the voice of the European CLT movement.

Global Platform for the Right to the City
The GPR2C is an open, flexible, diverse network of civil society and local government organizations committed to political action and social change through the promotion, defense and fulfillment of the Right to the City at all levels, paying special attention to people and communities affected by exclusion and marginalization.

Habitat International Coalition
Through solidarity, networking and support for social movements and organizations, HIC struggles for social justice, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and works in the defence, promotion and realization of human rights related to housing and land in both rural and urban areas.

International Institute for Environment and Development
IIED is an independent research organisation that aims to deliver positive change on a global scale through rigorous research that helps to drive progress, support sustainable development and protect the environment.

MOBA Housing SCE
MOBA is a network of pioneering housing cooperatives from Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague and Zagreb promoting an innovative and anti-speculative cooperative housing model for the region, providing solutions to the challenges of housing affordability and accessibility.

UrbaMonde is a French-swiss international cooperation NGO which promotes community-driven processes in the fields of participatory planning, neighbourhood improvement and housing. It facilitates the CoHabitat Network to disseminate community-led housing worldwide.

World Habitat
World Habitat is an independent charity working internationally to help bring the best housing to the people who need it the most. World Habitat is the organizer of the annual World Habitat Awards rewarding inspiring initiatives from across the world and providing opportunities for peer learning.

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Organizer's contact details:
CoHabitat Network
Pierre Arnold