The social function of housing

Access to housing is key to achieving sustainable, secure and inclusive cities and societies

Housing is essential for biological development (shelter, inclement weather …), personal (security, well-being, intimacy …) and social (coexistence, neighborhood relations …) and is inseparable from socio-economic progress. : its access is key to achieving sustainable, safe and inclusive cities and societies.

Housing is a fundamental right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a service of general interest which must be legally secure in terms of its ownership, adapted to the family program, quality, environmentally sustainable, accessible and affordable.

The proper functioning of the housing market is key from many perspectives such as macroeconomic, financial and social. When house prices, especially rental prices, rise:

  • Many groups are excluded.
  • Others have to bear an excessive burden on their income.
  • There is a delay in the formation of households by young people, which, in turn, negatively affects the birth rate.
  • Job mobility is hampered.
  • Increases residential rental investment, which leads to an increase in house prices.

Access to housing is essential for biological, personal and social development and is inseparable from socio-economic progress.

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The social function of housing

Access to housing is key to achieving sustainable, secure and inclusive cities and societies
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The problem of the free market

40% of the Catalan homes they must perform a overexertion for such to pay the fee for rent
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Social housing for rent

Rented social housing responds to those who cannot afford free market costs
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The situation in Catalonia

Social rental housing in Catalonia represents only 1.5% of the total park
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