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University College London has reviewed the literature and best practices in order to identify and analyse affordable housing practices and examine them under the prism of their possible application for the case of Athens’ registered refugees moving from state-led accommodation to independent housing. Initially, the report processed around 120 cases of affordable housing and documentary, with a significant affordability component, for refugees, homeless people, and low income groups. The examples were implemented by municipalities, NGOs and CBOs, with no geographical restriction.
This initial selection was reduced to 32 exchange models, 13 credit-based systems and 25 incentive schemes that provide information and reflections on a mix of:
a) means to draw the participation of homeowners/tenants in the projects
b) different modes to provide the refugee homes
c) ways to build autonomy/self-reliance by connecting refugees with local communities
This review was issued by the international organization Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and conducted by the University College London (UCL), in the framework of Curing the Limbo, a European pilot program of the city of Athens implemented with the partnership of the University of Athens, the CRS, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA). The project Curing the Limbo is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative.
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