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To tackle the issue of affordable housing, the City of Barcelona bundles multiple policy approaches and instruments within the housing plan “The Barcelona Housing System: a mission-oriented economy (2016 – 2025).” The aim is to increase the city’s affordable housing stock, to preserve and upgrade the existing stock and to make sure that vacant homes and holiday lets are returned to the rental market. Therefore, all relevant stakeholders are addressed: the private market, non-profit developers, and the public sector, thus ensuring diversity in supply.

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Building, purchasing, mobilizing.
Through mobilizing vacant stock, purchasing land and building new houses, the City of Barcelona aims to increase the affordable housing stock by appr. 10,000 units by 2025. The majority of these will be realised through public funding schemes, the rest by way of public-private partnerships, half of which involve non-profit companies.

Social return.
For the new construction of affordable housing, Barcelona uses a cooperative housing model: the city provides building plots under a 75- to 99-year lease. City and state have joined forces in granting long-term loans. Buildings are built and maintained by housing cooperatives. Once loans are paid back, 50 % of the benefits must be invested in a revolving fund to support new cooperative projects.

Facts & Figures

  • Between 2016 and 2020 the city’s affordable housing stock was increased by 3,607 units, providing housing to 9,100 people.
  • Addition of 10,000 affordable units by 2025 to be achieved through development (8,000 units), acquisitions (1,000 units) and temporary mobilization of private units (1,500 units)