Berlin JournalsOn the History and Present State of the City #2
The Myth of Social Housing
Andrej Holm, Ulrike Hamann, Sandy Kaltenborn
The housing issue is back on the agenda. The issue is to provide a decent place to live for all those with nothing to gain from a boom in real estate. Soon, that will also include the people now seeking asylum here. Politicians, corporate enterprises, and various civic initiatives are therefore demanding more social housing. But can the subsidized social housing system ever guarantee low rents in the long run? This publication dispels some common misconceptions and reveals why social housing of the sort built in the German Federal Republic and West Berlin is actually a myth. Instead of meeting the long-term needs of low-income households it has served so far mainly to drive investment and line private pockets: reason enough to revisit the founding principles of social housing.
104 pages, fully illustrated, with photographs by, among others, Jürgen Henschel and Steffen Osterkamp
Print Die Legende vom Sozialen Wohnungsbau: August 2016, German, ISBN 978-3-946674-01-6, 7,00 € .Order Online
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