Most local authority areas don’t have enough social housing: Trouw

A poster in Amsterdam protesting about the sale of social housing Photo:
A poster in Amsterdam protesting about the sale of social housing. Photo:

Some two-thirds of the Netherlands 344 local authority areas do not have enough social housing, according to calculations by Trouw.

Housing minister Hugo de Jonge’s plans include a provision that 30% of the property in every council area should be earmarked for low earners, with a maximum rent of €763.

But according to Trouw, just 25% of the housing stock in four in 10 council areas is classified as social, and in one in seven councils, the figure is below 20%.

In Amsterdam, by contrast over 40% of the housing is reserved for low earners.

De Jonge is particularly concerned to boost the amount of social housing for students, refugees, seasonal workers and the homeless, as well as elderly people.

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