Who'd have guessed? A century ago, right after WW1, addressed its massive housing crisis with a solution, as recalled by a fascinating exhibition currently showing at CIVA.
Hundreds of thousands of homes were built by state-subsidised cooperatives. Members bought shares in the cooperatives that owned estates like the Logis-Floréal in Watermael-Boitsfort, and then paid affordable rents to live in housing that they part-owned. 1/2

Today, the lack of affordable housing in is again acute. Community Land Trust Brussels is developing solutions that put quality housing stock under the control of its occupants, keeping it affordable by taking it out of the reach of speculators. Let's hope that public authorities recognise the fantastic value this long-term approach offers, and stop selling off public land to the highest bidder. 2/2

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