Urban Agenda and EU policy on Right to Housing



Defend the Right to Housing and to the City

Call for International Action

Amsterdam - 28th to 30 of May


Join the international Action and confront the meeting of the 23 EU housing ministers. Don"e;t let them talk behind closed doors about the future of our cities!


On the last weekend of May, the housing ministers of all EU countries are meeting in Amsterdam to start work on the first EU Urban Agenda, linked to the UN Habitat 3 mega-conference. This agenda will be lead by the neo-liberal politics of those who create it, and proposes to techno-fix our cities for their benefit, with "e;Smart Infrastructure"e;, and "e;better data monitoring"e;. These false solutions do nothing to curb the wholesale privatisation of our cities and our housing that is taking place across the continent.


In the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City, we have decided to begin denouncing and organising against the EU"e;s role in developing the housing crisis. As a grassroots coalition across the continent, we will be supporting our Dutch members, the Bond Precaire Woonvormen, in taking action, as well as joining an action with other allies in Amsterdam. Come and join us over the last weekend in May to help build a European housing movement. Get in contact with housing@riseup.net housing@riseup.netto discuss logistics - our resources are limited but we want to support participation as far as possible.


In targeting an international institution, we are building true internationalism from below, while disavowing any nationalistic and xenophobic critiques of the EU. But what has the EU got to do with housing?


The EU has had a direct impact on housing conditions, as it promotes privatization and the deregulation of finance, housing and all kind of public services. This market competition paradigm undermines all EU regulations. The EU openly forced the liberalization of rental marketin Southern Europe and the broadening of the mortgage market in both southern and eastern European countries, and forced the sale of public housing in other member states, while austerity reduces the money available for social services and housing through national and local budgets. At the same time, urban regeneration programs in southern and eastern European cities, enabled through EU structural funds, are meant to raise property prices and so expel the working classes from urban centres to the fringes. The liberal solution to a lack of housing is Public Private Partnerships – the continuation of profit-driven intervention which denies people"e;s right to the city and to good affordable housing. And who are these solutions for, with the EU responsible for the permanent violation of the right to housing of migrants and refugees?


Movements from the Netherlands are organising a protest that denounces this politics and links it with the problems faced since the privatisation of Dutch housing corporations in 1993.  For twenty years these corporations are increasingly forced to operate as profit-motivated companies; then in 2010 the EU demanded that the Dutch government restrict access to social housing to households with incomes below 33,000 euros, in order to stimulate the creation of an investors market. As a result, from the early 90’s until now, public housing and security of tenure have both decreased. Housing corporations and private landlords are mainstreaming the use of temporary 2 and 5 year contracts, which allow landlords to evict people with short notice, and without any obligation to relocate them. These tactics are being used all over Europe to prevent the potential for building long-term community power, and while we still hold some of this power, we must fight to defend it!

Our target will be announced on May 15rd on www.housingnotprofit.org.
Local and national organisations from many countries are going to join the protest and denounce the politics that tries to deny the right to housing and to the city across Europe.

There are limited accommodation spaces available from Friday 27th-Monday 30th. The ideal is for people to travel on the evening of Friday 27th ready for a bike demo on Saturday at ---, [bike not needed?]. Sunday May 29th will be both an alternative conference at Paradiso and action planning for Monday. On Monday 30th we will be occupying a key target with responsibility for mass evictions and the weakening of tenants"e; rights, and denouncing the doublespeak of the EU Urban Agenda.


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Protest against EU policies on Right to housing and the city

May 30, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Housing organisers from across Europe are coming together this weekend to protest against the adoption of the EU Urban Agenda by the 23 Housing Ministers of Europe in Amsterdam. A series of actions were planned by the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City, a network of groups fighting for housing justice across the continent. On Monday at 8.45am CET members of the Coalition disturbed the ministers’ arrival by boat. Activists from 10 countries unfurled a 15 metre banner on Oosterdok, reading “Housing for people, not profit”, while chanting “Social housing is a right, here to stay, here to fight” (1)Scheepvaartmuseum, the meeting place of the officials, is an isolated, securitised building that is illustrative of the illegitimacy and unaccountability of urban policy-making. The housing activists come from a number of countries severely affected by both the imposition of EU austerity, and by urban regeneration projects conducted using European structural funds. The demonstration demanded that such funds be used to build social housing, rather than to displace the urban poor through partnership with private developers. At 1pm CET the headquarters of Stadgenoot, a major Dutch housing corporation, will be occupied together with the Bond Precaire Woonvormen (The Union of the Precariously Housed). Stadgenoot, through its lobbying, is responsible for the new Dutch housing law that reduces tenancies to between 2 and 5 years, and destroys tenant protections [2]. Similar 'flexibilisation' laws are in train in many countries across Europe, such as the UK's Housing and Planning Act. Local tenant associations and renters will join the European Coalition in this solidarity action. Together they will reclaim this public institution and demand an end to flexibilisation and the sale of Dutch public housing. Solidarity actions took place yesterday and today in Paris, organised by the Droit Au Logement and Nuit Debout (pictures attached) The EU Urban Agenda has been developed since 1997 by the European Commission and the European Council in order to “remove unnecessary regulation” and “create more workable financial instruments”. The Pact of Amsterdam is being signed during the Dutch Presidency to streamline urban cooperation, without attempting to confront the privatisation occurring across the EU. Rita Silva, a Portuguese organiser with Habita! said “The Urban Agenda is overflowing with buzzwords on sustainability and innovation, but the hidden agenda is to create profitable cities for private capital. There is a choice – the money could be used to house poor communities who are being forced out of their cities – but instead the EU is becoming a driver in gentrification in many places in Europe. We demand access to affordable public housing all over Europe. Housing is a right not a privilege! Organise and resist! Notes for the Press ------------------------------------- Contact for photos of all actions : Rita Silva, Jacob Wills Telephone : 00351916419605, 00447954341365 Email: housing@riseup.net, emaildaritasilva@gmail.com For Dutch Speakers Contact: Abel Heijkamo Telephone: 0031647686543 Email: contact@bondprecairewoonvormen.nl
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Denounce MIPIM: the real estate fair of Speculation ! callled itself "the world property Show"

March 15, 2016 - March 18, 2016

From the 15th to the 18th of March 2016, Cannes in France will host the MIPIM, the biggest international real estate show for professionals, gathering the most influential property players from all sectors (residential housing, office buildings, retail, health, sport, leisure, transportation, industrial equipments and urban planning), offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide. We know that representatives of your city/ community will attend the MIPIM. Shouldn't you know what are the projects that your mayors are going to "sell" or support during the MIPIM? Do you know this deals are done without transparency and democracy? Are projects can be residential, touristic, community infrastructures in our city, brownfields, ... but always private and profitable! MIPIM is the world factory for real estate and land speculation, that it is responsible for "housing bubbles", and that it endangers the economy of the countries. We believe that all the inhabitants of our community have to be informed and consulted about any of the projects that will be proposed during the MIPIM market, and that they have the right to know what developments and arrangements will be proposed in their city/ community. Because we wonder what our city will be like tomorrow and for whom. This question deserves clear and democratic answers.
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CONFERENCE "THE CITIES FOR PEOPLE - NOT FOR PROFIT"

November 6, 2015 - October 9, 2015

Greater Poland Tenants' Association together with European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the are inviting you to the conference of tenants' rights groups. The congress will take place in Pozna? between 6th and 9th November 2015.
It has been many years since we can observe the expansion of precarity of housing condition all over the world. The neoliberal policies are forcing increasingly larger clusters of a society to outlay more and more: privatisation of common resources, welfare cuts, limiting citizens' rights, mass evictions, gentrification and proliferation of banks on the housing market. These techniques are of international scope - the results, with varying dynamics and at different stages are discernible everywhere in the world. It is absolutely essential to create a network of solidarity in struggle for decent housing conditions. We are obliged to expose the radius of human rights violations, including the right to decent living, that shall not be aligned neither with one's economic status nor their origin. We have to reveal the genuine character of EU and UN-Habitat policy (UN-Habitat Conference, Quito, Ecuador, October 2016) aiming to blow "the right to the city" and "the right to housing".
The meeting of the European coalition is meant to become a platform for sharing knowledge and strategies crucial in local struggles for tenants' rights. International speculations have an ever stronger impact on everyone's life. The banks and private owners hire companies specialising in mass evictions. This is rapidly emerging market in Poland - so-called "house cleansing" - hence violent and illegal evictions are a common occurrence nowadays.
The conference in Pozna? is an aftermath of the meeting that took place in Athens on 20th and 21th May this year. The convergence aims to integrate groups engaged in struggle for tenants' rights operating in countries of Eastern Europe. During the conference we will analyse current state of affairs in several countries undergoing hasty urban metamorphoses - Serbia, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. These nations have similar historical, social and political background, therefore a common field naturally occurs - we are able to share experiences and tactics and to shape a joint political reference. We will discuss issues regarding the influence of global mechanisms on tenants' situation in given countries; we will deliberate how to  compose the means of resistance as well as how to engage in international solidarity for it to hold relevance with actions taken locally. We will speak about founding a joint almanac of knowledge concerning the matters of inhabitants of particular cities and the methods of self-organisation, equally on international and local level - under the plight of rolling crisis.  
The event is divided in two sections: conference, open to the public (6th and 7th November) and internal meeting of European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City (8th and 9th November).

 

FRIDAY, 6TH NOVEMBER
From 12pm onwards the registration for participants is open.
12:00  PRESS CONFERENCE, Centrum Kultury Amarant
14:00 - 16:30 BUS ACTION: „MIEJSCA WARTE POZNANIA” (Places worth of Pozna?/Places worth  knowing).

The rented bus will take participants to places that exemplify the dynamic changes that have occurred in the space of Poznan over the last years. Displaced and gentrificated buildings, substandard social housing on the outskirts of the city and workers' hotels, which each year are resettled evicted Poznanians.Guides through those awkward for local authorities places will once evicted tenants or are currently residents who are involved in fighting jointly with WSL (GTA).
16:30 - 17:00  Dinner break.
17:00 - 21:00  FILM SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION IN BERLIN.
MOTHERS' STRIKE, by SzumTV i Think Tank Feministyczny 2010/23 min./Polish and English subtitles
Documentary on living and working conditions of women in Wa?brzych. They describe the circumstances of their daily life without permanent income, local politics, nursing work they endure and methods of resistance they undertake.
CONTAINER, by Kontrplan 2013/15 min./Polish and English subtitles
Documentary on social housing in containers. Container housing projects explicitly show that the value of a human is their economic precondition. Low socio-economic status of a person is a primary criteria and justification for instruments of exclusion, simultaneously being the determinant for implementation of a housing sub-standard. Derogatory conditions and spatial isolation are the only offer local authorities are capable of spelling out in response to social housing insufficiencies in Poland. This is the voice of class hatred obscuring self-defensive, critical stance expressed by inhabitants of containers. Collective knowledge gathering, self-organising and apprehension of the fact that container ghetto's problem may soon affect many people are the first steps towards popular resistance against container housing.
RENT REBELS - the resistance against selling the city away, by Gertrud Schulte Westenberg, Matthias Coers 2014/78 min. /English, Italian, French and Spanish subtitles
Berlin has changed a lot in recent years. What were once unappealing flats now became the focus of major investing. Rent prices skyrocketing and real estate annexation by new owners is a daily phenomenon nowadays. Tenants' protests directed at shortfall of affordable housing are happening on a regular basis."Rent Rebels" is a coverage of tenants struggles against their expulsion from housing cooperatives. Ranging from city council occupation to a camp in Kottbuser Tor - the emergence of anti-eviction protests and in protection of elderly inhabitants is vivid. The discussion with the authors will follow.

SATURDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER - TENANTS' RESISTANCE IN EASTERN EUROPE

Among the most important subjects we wish to discuss during the conference are the issues of political transformation and their relation to common goods. Central and Eastern European countries were enduring the transformation onrush more or less concurrently and it included measures like: privatising the health services, reducing job placements and exacerbating accessibility of social housing. The discussion will include also analogous housing issues in regard to refugees from Middle East.
 
 The subjects to be demonstrated are:
 - private and national sector interdependence measures
 - urban regeneration/gentrification
 - EU funding functionality 
 - strategies and actions of tenants' movements in response to housing and refugee crises
 
 09:30 – 10:30  ROMANIA.
 
 Post-socialist housing policy has been determined by definitions of "appropriate" housing and "convenient" living conditions. At the dawn of sixties various mortgage programmes surfaced in behalf of socialist government encouraging middle class to private housing at the expense of other housing schemes. Right after the revolution in 1989 the first social democratic powers instantly rejuvenated the concept of a house as private property. Majority of community housing estates were bought off by Romanian citizens whereas the government  has forsaken the future construction of social accommodation units. In consequence affordable housing eroded - it was pretty much limited to old, abandoned houses from inter-war period. The shortage of flats for low-income population (including those previously evicted) as well as speculations on a housing market (with a notion on its incoherence with peoples' incomes) have produced circumstances that are absolutely insupportable         for the poor. Apart from small faction of Romanian society, its upper class, majority of population is sustaining troubles within their housing situation.
 
 10:30 – 11:00  Discussion.
 
 11:00 – 12:00  SERBIA.
 
 Current housing policy in Serbia is an aftermath of breakup of Yugoslavia and forthcoming structural turnover - specifically in regards to transition from public domain to private property. Housing law (the buy-up scheme) was conceived in 1992.  A frenzy privatisation took off quickly,  90% of flats and houses were sold and the income has been allocated for military expenditure. During following years real estate prices were constantly rising, the flats turned out to be a desired commodity. The further consequences include: difficulties met by  current owners to perpetuate their ownership status, overcrowding, lack of basic infrastructure (homelessness level reached 10% - that is people without the roof over their heads or in temporary or dire conditions). The state continues to invest towards improvement of living conditions of above-minimum income part of population, meanwhile helping the poor on an overtly erratic basis. It resulted in the ousting of Roma community from wild camps to container settlements on the outskirts of Belgrade. The living conditions of inhabitants of ex-social housing programmes are particularly troubling. People who are not able to afford rent are under constant threat of eviction, with no systemic solution and no support. In today's Serbia there is no common understanding for individual's problem and that makes tenants' struggle undeniably demanding.
 
 12:00 – 12:30  Discussion.
 
 12:30 – 13:00  Coffee break.
 
 13:00 – 14:00  HUNGARY.
 
 Hungarian government is not getting engaged in construction of housing units since 1980s. After private housing boom in 1990s, in the wake of pre-crisis mortgage buying spree it is still believed one should own its house. Question of housing is a question of personal property. Such approach results in deepening social inequalities. Rent sub-market (both private and public) is highly limited and the quality of housing offered is exceptionally low. There is no institutionalised response thus homelessness is escalating. Currently the main reason for evictions are unpaid mortgage loans and rents. 
 
 We will report on activities of our group The City is for Everyone and we will portray current state of affairs in Hungary. We are grassroots initiative focusing on homelessness and poverty issues.
 
 14:00 – 14:30 Discussion.
 
 14:30 – 15:30 Dinner break.
 
 15:30 – 16:30 CZECH REPUBLIC.
 
 16:30 – 17:00 Discussion.
 
 17:00 – 18:00 POLSKA,
 
 According to available data the number of claims to recover the property (that is to evict the inhabitants) filed between 1995 and 2014 has steadily oscillated in 30 to 40 thousand range. Above 600 thousand of claims have been received by courts from 1995 until today. It has affected approximately 1,8 million persons. If the judgement is already passed large share of tenants move out on their own initiative - those resisting are evicted by force. In given period the bailiffs have undertaken 150 thousand evictions (approx. 400 thousand persons) whereas in the primary phase 70% of the evicted were not assigned to social accommodation. Following Constitutional Tribunal judicial decision banning evictions onto the street still circa 40% were de facto onto the street, in as much as people were assigned temporary accommodation: dilapidated workers' hotels, old barracks, abandoned warehouses. Therefore it is the number of claims filed being the most convenient source of data on scale of this phenomenon. Nonetheless there is no record whatsoever regarding the quantity of persons evicted with omission of housing law. So called "house cleansing" is happening en masse, affecting thousands of families in Poland.
 
 18:00 – 18:30 Discussion
 
 18:30 – 19:00 Coffee break.
 
 19:00  SPEECH BY MARGIT MAYER (researcher on Urban issues and social movements)
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NO PEOPLE WITHOUT HOMES NO HOMES WITHOUT PEOPLE!

October 24, 2015

Yesrerday thirteen families entered  the ex-Traffic Police  barracks  at no° 80, Via Zarotto  to recover  the right to housing that had been taken by the greed of the real estate market and the public housing policies. These fmilies were already  under threat of eviction or already evicted and some of the families  were evicted on  the 7th October from the occupied house of via Cagliari 38.  The Via Zarotto ’s building was abandoned and left  empty for  years and  it belongs to a family that owns dozen of appartments in Parma. Obviously the building  does not need a landlord since it has been left to rot on itself. The new inhabitants are willing to the readjust the barracks to their essencial and primary needs and make out of it  their house to live with dignity.

The via Cagliari’s eviction, set up in order  to accomodate the desire of speculation  of Europe’s most powerful banks (Unicredit), was even heavier because to the evicted families   not a single acceptable alternative was given and thus  the very  same day were litterally thrown in the street. In addiction to the desplecable attitude of the bank, whose vice president Fabrizio Pelanzona was investigated for financial fraud  and mafia, we can only condamn the attitude of the town council. On  one hand they are  concious to have esausted the solutions used until now to solve the housing emergency , on the other hand  they had support the pressure of the bank during the execution of the eviction on via Cagliari, knowing that there was no solution for the inhabitants.

 To the social policies assessor  L. Rossi, who says that the occupations are not the solutions to housing problem, we reply strongly  that the thousands of empty and abandoned  houses, in town and the province, can be effectively  the solution to the problem. Who decides to occupy a house dosen’t do this action in order to obtain a public building provided by the town council, as the assessor Rossi says. A person  occupies  because is  driven by the needs and  find the solution where there  is a empty house, to refresh the social utility and not for profit.

Occupay, today, is a  real necessity, because nobody  block the countless evictions, that affect every year also our Town. The public resources to solve this  emergency, like public buildings provided by the town council  and reception centers, are inadeguate and full. The evictions are carried out to defend the interests of the banks and the large property owners, and the authorities do nothing to confiscate the thousands empty places. The Agency for lease, instrument to which authorities attribute fantastic virtues, it relies on Landlords who only  are interested into speculating.

 The concurred rent cannot be considered a solution for families  in economical difficulties  who are struggling  to find  the minimum ammount of money to survive.

We need social rent houses. Since  the public authority does not ensure for homless families  these devices,  the only solution are the empty houses themselves.

Speacking about via Zarotto, we say that we want to  reach out and work with the neighborood. We want to assure everybody  that the new inhabitants of via Zarotto no° 80 are known people with  a steady experience of  living together, they are people who claim the protection of their dignity and they claim the recognition, after tens years in Italy, of their right to a decent life. The experience of via Cagliari was, at first, perceived with suspect, but after a few months they had estabilished with the whole neighborood a relationship of trust and mutual respect . We don’t want to create discomfort, but human relationship. We are setting  as a listening point for social emergencies, in particular for those who are in trouble with the payment of rents, morgage and/or bills.

 These problem should not be experienced as personal tragedies,  but they must become  social issues to be solved publicly with the Fight .

The stop of evictions, The stop of seizures of empty, The stop of utilities detachments, The stop of foreclosures! Those are the solutions to the housing crisis.

Where  institutions (politicians, prefecture,etc…) are not involved, we will.

 

 In solidarity with the evicted from the  Bologna’s  ex-Telecom, and with all those affected by the war against the poor carried on  by Renzi’s government.

People are not to be canceled.    The resistance will never give up!

 

RETE DIRITTI IN CASA PARMA

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London | Join us at Olympia, Oct 21st 9am to say No to MIPIM: Yes to Housing Justice!

October 21, 2015

MIPIM is a 4-day real estate exhibition, conference and networking event gathering 4000 international property professionals and 35 UK cities. Sounds like fun... for some anyway. At around £500 a ticket we'll not be sharing in this meal ticket.
MIPIM promotes an unsustainable business-as-usual approach to housing and land use that is privatised and profit-driven for the benefit of the richest 1% whilst destroying our communities and keeping millions in poverty.
Join affected communities, the Radical Housing Network, the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City, trade unions and a range of other groups to say NO to MIPIM: YES to housing justice! We are taking action as part of the Europe-wide fortnight of action ' No People Without Homes, No Homes Without People' with actions in at least 10 countries http://www.housingnotprofit.org/
 
There are alternatives.
  • Demo is 9am on Wed 21 Oct at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX. Facebook here.
  • Public meeting is 6.30pm on Thurs 15 Oct at GMB, 22 Stephenson Way, NW1 2HD. Sign up on Facebook here.
What you can do
  • We’re going to list supporting organisations on our website: let us know if we’ve got your backing. If you’re in a union, we can send you a draft motion.
  • Send us a statement of support, explaining why your group or organisation opposes the MIPIM property fair.
  • Spread the word! Share the facebook events on twitter and through your mailing lists, include something in your newsletter, tell your friends.
  • Is your local council attending? From London, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Croydon, Wandsworth and the City of London are officially attending, and many other councils send representatives from housing and regeneration teams under the radar.
  • If you live in one of these boroughs, tweet at your council or write to them to demand answers on their intentions.
  • The GLA, TfL, NHS are going along - you can tweet at them too: @LondonAssembly @TfL @NHSEngland

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Budapest | March of empty buildings

October 17, 2015 - October 17, 2015

In the 17th of October The City is for All will organize it’s – by now traditional – march of empty buildings. We denounce irresponsible municipal housing management and draw attention to real estate speculation. Through the speaches of people affected in different ways by housing deprivation and through our choice of stops we will draw attention to the broad and diverse reality of housing problems in Hungary.

The march will proceed in a poor and stigmatized neighborhood of Budapest, where issues of housing poverty are particularly important and where the local municipality is currently orchestering a wave of evictions.

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Day of action in Milan | NO PEOPLE WHITOUT HOMES, NO HOMES WITHOUT PEOPL

October 15, 2015 - October 15, 2015

Day of action in Milan, in connection with the ones of The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City. 
In Milan, the housing crisis is increasing. There are more than 15 thousand order of evictions every year, 23 thousand families waiting for a social house, 5 thousand homeless in our city. 
While more than 81 thousand of private and 10 thousand social houses are still empty and abbandoned. 
The management of public properties was devastating, based on a mafious system and have produced not only empty houses, but also 400 Milions € of debt. 
This happened because the aim of housing policies was to make more and more profict and to give the chance to real estate companies to speculate on public properties.
In this last years around 5 thousand people have repossessed part of this empty social houses, taking back their right to live with dignity. But the municipality is trying to evict them. We ask a regularisation of this cases, because all of them, want pay a social rent. 
In this days of action, we wont denunce one of many empty social houses building, in Via Civitali 30. More of 20 apartments, abandoned since 2003, for which the Municipality spent 3,4 Milions € , whitout any result. We asked them where the money went? And why this flats are still empty? 
There are solutions for housing crisis: 
- stop evictions 
- regularisation of occupant for necessity 
- reuse of empty houses
- requisition of private empty buildings
- stop selling social houses
 
NO PEOPLE WHITOUT HOMES, NO HOMES WITHOUT PEOPLE
 
 
COMITATO ABITANTI SAN SIRO - CS CANTIERE , MILAN
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Call for European coordinated actions in October: No People without Homes, No Homes without People!

October 10, 2015 - October 31, 2015

People from all European countries are experiencing the deterioration and violation of their right to housing and the city, coupled with an increase in prices, debt and the growing threat of eviction. The European Union is commodifying public housing and encouraging speculation and financialisation. The decimation of public policies safeguarding the right to housing is contributing to the impoverishment of families and the rise of inequality in our cities. With more than 11 million empty homes  people and a similar number of homeless people - European citizens, migrants and refugees included - evictions are constantly on the rise. 
 
The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City is composed of tenants' movements, those in inadequate housing, victims of eviction, trade unionists, those affected by debt, slum and self-built neighborhood dwellers, squatters, campaigners and researchers. We are organizing and struggling all over Europe against this process of privatization and exclusion, and we converge in analysis and action by saying: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
 
Solutions to this huge social problem exist, and local and national governments as well as the European Union, have the duty to act with immediate and adequate policies: first, a European directive for a general moratorium on evictions; then massive investment for public / social housing to meet the needs of the population. Further measures should include heavily taxing speculation in empty houses and requisitioning these buildings for use as social/ public housing; introducing rent control to make housing affordable to those in the private sectors as well as in the public, and committing to the housing of asylum seekers and refugees.Meanwhile we will continue to reclaim in a self-managed way spaces abandoned and emptied by capital, and promote spaces in the city where community life is based on mutual aid and solidarity.
 
However, these solutions call into question the very existence of the real estate speculators who profit by privatising and selling off whole chunks of the city. As diverse local movements we have many struggles including both public and private targets.
 
The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City is calling for decentralised and coordinated action in for 2 weeks from October 10th, in order to denounce those responsible for the evictions of inhabitants from their housing in all our countries, shouting together: No People without Homes, No Homes without People! 
 
Actions are already being planned in Italy, Hungary, UK, Poland, France, Greece, and other countries. We are pleased that at the same time the World Zero Evictions Campaign is networking many actions internationally.
 
Get in contact with housing@riseup.net to find out more or to get involved.
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Athens | No People without Homes, No Homes without People!

October 10, 2015

Action in the center of Athens informing people about the auctions, and our campain about the re- use off empty buildings for homes and other social needs.

 

 

 

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“SFRATTI ZERO 2015” - OCCUPATA EX CASERMA CARABINIERI CON ALLOGGI

October 10, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Dal 10 al 18 Ottobre ricorre la settimana mondiale "sfratti zero", in tante città del mondo i movimenti ed i sindacati per il diritto alla casa stanno costruendo iniziative per denunciare il fenomeno allarmante degli sfratti che ogni anno colpisce migliaia di famiglie.

In Italia gli sfratti nel 2014 (ultimo dato ufficiale a disposizione) sfiorano ormai le 80.000 sentenze all'anno, 150.000 sono le richieste di esecuzione forzosa degli sfratti e circa 35.000 sono gli sfratti eseguiti ogni anno con la forza pubblica. In Sicilia dal 2007 (inizio della crisi) sino al 2014 sono state emesse 29887 sentenze di sfratto, di cui 23195 per morosità incolpevole, il 78%. Nel 2014 in Sicilia ci sono state circa 8120 richieste di sfratto. Di queste ne sono state esitate quasi 2000 e la situazione è preoccupante perché il trend è in continua crescita (i dati del 2014 sono incompleti).

A Messina nonostante i dati 2014 siano incompleti ( mancano quelli del secondo semestre ) registriamo 364 provvedimenti di sfratto, in tutto il 2013 gli sfratti furono 413. Dati allarmanti che ci dicono come le politiche intraprese dal governo siano insufficienti e facciano sprofondare sempre più persone nell’esclusione sociale.

Inoltre le misure messe in atto dal Comune di Messina inerenti le politiche della casa restano ancora insufficienti, pur riconoscendo una certa sensibilità al problema. Infatti, la gestione delle assegnazioni delle case popolari ancora rimane ingessata tra pastoie burocratiche e poca chiarezza degli Istituti di competenza. La questione del risanamento resta una partita ancora aperta e mancano misure straordinarie per cercare di soddisfare i bisogni di chi soffre questo disagio. A chiudere il quadro, la gestione inefficace della “morosità incolpevole” che non si è saputa interpretare nel modo giusto, infatti pensiamo che questo istituto abbia delle grosse potenzialità: il DM 202 del 14/05/2014 aveva disegnato la cornice dentro cui dovevano agire Regione e Comuni per destinare le risorse ai morosi e favorire percorsi di accompagnamento sociale, tuttavia, non comprendendone bene le finalità, hanno azzoppato tutto il processo.

E' in questo quadro che con 10 famiglie, 15 bambini e due donne incinte, abbiamo occupato una palazzina vuota, precedentemente adibita a caserma dei carabinieri con alloggi per i militari e rimasta chiusa e disabitata per sei anni. Si tratta di famiglie sfrattate, senza casa, costrette a sistemazioni di fortuna ( baracche, dormitori, camper, auto o ospiti da parenti ). Disperazione, sofferenza ma anche un profondo senso di ribellione hanno sospinto queste persone a compiere questo gesto. Le famiglie tuttavia non sono sole, hanno trovato e troveranno sostegno nella nostra organizzazione sindacale, in singoli cittadini, in alcuni consiglieri di quartiere e nei militanti di Rifondazione Comunista.

Siamo davanti alle ennesime vittime della crisi economica e della totale assenza di politiche di welfare a tutti i livelli.

Ancora una volta l'inefficienza delle Istituzioni di fronte ai disagi sociali fa da padrona. Molto spesso la burocrazia e le priorità dei livelli istituzionali non camminano di pari passo coi bisogni primari della gente. Riteniamo che, in questo periodo di crisi economica molto forte sia fondamentale impegnare le istituzioni a garantire il diritto all'abitare. La casa è un diritto essenziale della persona, elemento fondamentale di tranquillità e sicurezza. Infatti in questi anni proprio il "fattore casa" è stato un elemento che ha fatto scivolare molte famiglie sotto la soglia di povertà, facendole precipitare nell'area dell'esclusione sociale.

Di fronte ad una domanda crescente di alloggi a prezzi popolari pensiamo che le istituzioni non possano stare a guardare: assistiamo alla cinica contraddizione de' "tanta gente senza case e tante case senza gente". Per questo pensiamo che tali iniziative, nonostante travalichino l'alveo della legalità formale, possono sollevare d'impeto la questione casa, fotografare i drammi che ne discendono e spronare le istituzioni ad adottare azioni inclusive e innovative per la precarietà abitativa.

Pensiamo che dal gesto di queste famiglie possa nascere un ragionamento di acquisizione/gestione da parte del Comune, di strutture, alloggi, anche privati, da destinare ai senza casa. Pertanto consideriamo improcrastinabile l'ipotesi che il Comune rediga strumenti di intesa con la “piccola e grande proprietà”, per reperire abitazioni ed edifici per lo più vuoti ed inutilizzati da concedere in locazione a canone concordato e offrire garanzie per la stipula dei contratti.

In tanti Comuni, con l'ausilio e la collaborazione della prefettura si sono aperti tavoli di lavoro con soggetti pubblici (Poste, Fs, Asl, IPAB,ANAS) e privati, disponibili alla messa a disposizione di edifici del loro patrimonio, al momento inutilizzati , che possono essere dedicati in modo immediato a forme di protezione abitativa per le famiglie in estremo disagio. Inoltre l’art.26 del D.L. n°133/2014 offre la possibilità di avviare accordi di programma tra l’Agenzia del Demanio ed i Comuni per reperire immobili da valorizzare. Secondo il comma 1 bis , “hanno priorità di valutazione i progetti di recupero di immobili a fini di edilizia residenziale pubblica, da destinare a nuclei familiari utilmente collocati nelle graduatorie comunali per l'accesso ad alloggi di edilizia economica e popolare e a nuclei sottoposti a provvedimenti di rilascio per morosità incolpevole, nonché gli immobili da destinare ad auto recupero”.

 

Inoltre c’è da dire che la nostra Costituzione conferisce alla proprietà privata un ruolo sociale così come stabilito dall' art.42, comma 2 "La proprietà privata è riconosciuta e garantita dalla legge, che ne determina i modi di acquisto, di godimento e i limiti allo scopo di assicurarne la funzione sociale e di renderla accessibile a tutti", e comma 3 "La proprietà privata può essere, nei casi preveduti dalla legge, e salvo indennizzo, espropriata per motivi d'interesse generale". Questi due articoli,spesso ignorati, ci danno il senso di come in questi anni si sia persa la bussola nella programmazione delle politiche sul settore pubblico e come si sia lasciato troppo spazio a finanziamenti e a norme che favoriscono l’iniziativa privata selvaggia, senza il contrappeso pubblico che garantisce una distribuzione equa delle risorse economiche e territoriali. Tutto questo non ha fatto altro che divaricare sempre di più la forbice tra ricco e povero e, nel caso degli alloggi, favorire la rendita immobiliare senza penalizzare lo sfitto che nelle regole di mercato incoraggia l’innalzamento del prezzo degli affitti.

Vogliamo un cambio di passo, un’ inversione di queste politiche anche al livello territoriale. Lottiamo per un nuovo Piano Casa contro la crisi.


Segreteria Unione Inquilini Messina

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Paris | No People without Homes, No Homes without People!

October 10, 2015 - October 10, 2015

Rassemblement au campement | Place de la République

 

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Right to Housing: Solidarity against austerity and against evictions in Europe

June 20, 2015 - June 21, 2015

International meeting, 20-21 June 2015, Athens (Greece)


On the occasion of the Week of Action in Solidarity with Greece and against Austerity from 20 to 26 June, we are organising this international meeting on housing on 20 and 21 June in Athens.

 

Many people in Greece and Europe are facing an acute housing crisis. More than 50% of the Greek population finds it hard to cover housing and living expenses every month. Many live in overcrowded homes facing inadequate housing conditions and energy poverty, without electricity and heating. Homelessness is rising dramatically.

 

People all over Europe face similar worsening housing conditions and violation of their basic rights, through forced evictions, privatisations of public housing and resources, financialization of housing and the increasing power acquired by the banking sector.

 

In Greece, the recent political changes and the new left government of Syriza have set as first priority to face poverty and housing problems. This will be a big and difficult task because of the long lasting recession and “external” pressures for further austerity measures.

 

Initiatives and networks all over Greece have been, and still are, organising in order to resist auctions and evictions, by protesting, networking, advocating, providing mutual solidarity and support. At the same time these initiatives intend to open the discussion on common housing problems to all grassroots and institutional/formal structures in order to develop tools and strategies and formulate alternatives against the present misery.

 

Concrete solidarity from all over Europe is needed to render visibility to the housing problems, to empower the emerging social movements in Greece and to advance the common struggles against evictions and dispossession provoked by the Troika and current EU policy direction on a European level.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1 – 20/6/2015
Welcome/introduction
1st session: Land and housing dispossession (neoliberal policies in the urban spaces)
2nd session: Debt as an instrument of social control (auctions and evictions)
3rd session: Migrant and refugee housing needs in the European south

DAY 2 – 21/6/2015
1st session: Alternative housing policies
2nd session: Collective ownership schemes, urban spaces as commons
3rd session: Organising for action (struggles against evictions, occupations, organizing against banks…)

Concluding assembly: towards a charter/manifesto/common claims for
the right to housing

More information: www.housingright.wordpress.com
Contact: solidarityforall@gmail.com / housing@riseup.net

 

In co-operation with:
Solidarity for All - Encounter Athens - Platform against Auctions - European Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City

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Stop War Not People!

January 1, 1970

STOP WAR NOT PEOPLE

Stop war and those who fuel it; those who send weapons to conflict zones, finance armies and mercenaries, and devastate territories through the logic of exploitation and profit. Stop the racism that destroys the lives of millions around the world, and then tries to shut out those escaping the devastation. Stop the walls, the rejections, the war between the poor, the fear, the scapegoating of black people come to steal homes, work, or identity. Stop war, not people. Welcome people, those who run because all hope was taken from them and those who dream and hope for something better. Because if we are sure that financial speculation and the big weapons and oil companies can never guarantee the interests of the population, we are also convinced that what can is solidarity from below, exchange, and collective participation in the territories that we choose to live in.

The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City is supporting this campaign because of the impact of racism and imperialism on our members organising for housing rights across the continent. It is black and brown people who are most likely to be poorly housed, and who have least recourse to support from racist state institutions. Nationalist declarations of war from power-holders lead to an amplification of racist violence in our cities, the deepening of islamophobia, and the rejection of any difference - we will not tolerate this prejudice. Those seeking asylum, some due to the destruction of their homes, some due to other oppressions they face, are imprisoned or crammed into substandard housing. Many migrating for work, following the resources stolen from their land, are in the least secure tenures. Working together we can stop evictions and begin to build resilient communities together, communities that outlast the hot topics of the media and support those bearing the brunt of racist austerity.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

> Organize yourself with neighbours, friends, classmates: spread active solidarity through demonstrations, solidarity collections of food and clothes, and actions…

> Spread the message! use the hashtag #StopWarNotPeople and share the logo!

> Boycott companies and institutions that support wars and racism

> Collect information and statistics - share them!

> Step in! Make a selfie or a small video with the hashtag #StopWarNotPeople

 

 

 

 

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Abitanti San Siro - CS Cantiere

El Ritmo del Barrio! Cena latina :: Live Music :: DjSet

El ritmo del barrio! Un nuovo anno di serate latine al Cantiere, Cena peruviana, Live Music & Djset ::: SALSA, BACHATA, CUMBIA Y MAS! >>> dalle 20: CENA PERUVIANA papa a la huancaina, salchipapas,...
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Ne da (vi) mo Belgrade

Podrška građanske platforme “Barcelona en Comú” inicijativi “Ne da(vi)mo Beograd”

Inicijativa “Ne da(vi)mo Beograd”, 29. septembra, organizovaće šesti masovni protest protiv megalomanskog projekta “Beograd na vodi”. Predložen od strane investitora...
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A Város Mindenkié (The City is for All)

Mi a köze az aluljárók bezárásának a lakhatási válsághoz?

Néhány nappal ezelőtt megjelent az Indexen egy hír, hogy a Fővárosi Közgyűlés döntése alapján a Ferenciek terénél...
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