In the context of the third edition of the International Social Housing Festival that is taking place Helsinki from 14 to 17 June 2022, the Eurhonet Social Integration Topic Group, jointly with the EFL Social Domain Working Group will host a workshop “Building resident voice and influence into housing and neighbourhood development” on 15 June 2022 (from 9.00 to 13.00).

The event will bring together affordable housing providers from around Europe to share innovations in resident engagement. Drawing on examples from recent practice and research, we’ll address:

  • How can affordable housing providers ensure that residents’ voices are heard within the decision-making processes that shape their living environments?
  • What strategies can be used to listen to the full diversity of resident voices and views, rather than only those who regularly provide feedback?
  • How can international knowledge exchange improve our sector’s capacity to actively engage specific needs groups such as younger people?
  • What can international practice teach us about the value of resident engagement and participation in terms of:
    (a) achieving our affordable and sustainable development goals?
    (b) developing citizenship by supporting residents as active stakeholders?

The event will be followed by a field visit to Verkkosaari, a newly built block including apartments for students as well as for senior artists (’Ars Longa’), and young people.

Should you wish to attend, please do not forget to register via the festival’s website: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/ISHF2022-registration