Special Issue "Efficiency, Fairness and Sustainability in Social Housing Policy and Projects"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Grazia Napoli
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Department of Architecture, University of Palermo. Viale delle Scienze Edificio 14, Palermo, Italy
Interests: housing affordability; social housing; real estate market; multiple criteria decision aid; urban and real estate economics; economic evaluation of real estate investment projects; econometric models; energy retrofitting projects; urban regeneration; sustainability; environmental economics
Prof. Maria Rosa Trovato
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Department of civil engineering and architecture, University of Catania, Santa Sofia, 54, 95125, Catania, Italy
Interests: Environmental Economics; Real Estate Economics; Urban economics; Urban and land management; Urban and land Sustainability; Cultural resources valuation; Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA); Datamining; GIS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Affordable housing for low-income households is still a serious social problem, and social housing can support the achievement of the objectives of economic feasibility, fairness, and social sustainability.

Social housing is a complex topic that is interrelated with several fields of study—politics, ethics, economics, environment, architecture, and technology. In other words, social policy, at a national and local level, as well as public and private resources, and innovative tax and credit systems, are all necessary to promote social housing.

Social housing also implies social and urban transformations, and is, consequently, connected to urban planning, urban regeneration projects, real estate market dynamics, and cooperation between public and private stakeholders. In the most advanced proposals, social housing may also include environmental sustainability and technological innovation (energy savings, environmentally friendly materials, etc.), and suggest new models of housing units (co-habitation and the sharing of common spaces).

Furthermore, the decision-making process related to SH policies and projects has to be supported by the evaluation of economic feasibility and assessments on social and environmental sustainability.

This Special Issue of Sustainability offers a platform where all different topics may be presented to recompose the multi-faceted subject within a unified framework.

Prof. Grazia Napoli
Prof. Maria Rosa
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • housing policy
  • housing economics
  • housing finance
  • social housing stock
  • real estate market
  • economic evaluation of investments
  • public private partnership
  • multiple criteria decision aid
  • subsidies, incentives and benefits
  • affordable housing and housing affordability
  • social cohesion and management
  • fairness and right to the city
  • gentrification
  • urban regeneration
  • social housing investment facility
  • income threshold
  • energy retrofit in social housing
  • sustainable neighbourhoods
  • technological innovation
  • rent and user costs
  • credit conditions and housing price ratio

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Social Housing: An Appraisal Model of the Economic Benefits in Urban Regeneration Programs
Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 609; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020609 - 14 Jan 2020
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The decision-making process relating to Social Housing (SH) policies and projects involves social and urban transformations and is consequently linked to urban planning, urban regeneration projects, the dynamics of the real estate market and cooperation between public and private developers. Furthermore, this decision-making [...] Read more.
The decision-making process relating to Social Housing (SH) policies and projects involves social and urban transformations and is consequently linked to urban planning, urban regeneration projects, the dynamics of the real estate market and cooperation between public and private developers. Furthermore, this decision-making process must be supported by assessments relating to economic feasibility and assessments on social and environmental sustainability. The paper illustrates a decision support evaluation model for the implementation of integrated urban redevelopment programs related to Social Housing interventions to be implemented in PPP. The model is based on the search for an economic balance between the interests of the parties involved, with the aim of maximizing the share of housing in SH by minimizing the public contribution quota. The model was developed on a degraded settlement of Public Residential Construction, the subject of a wider urban regeneration program in the Municipality of Reggio Calabria (Italy). Considering the financial feasibility constraint for the developer and the conditions of the local real estate market, with the risk of the investment attached to it, the model makes it possible to verify the economic sustainability and the financial feasibility of the interventions in SH through the estimation of: (i) The profit of the developer/investor; (ii) the trade-in value to be paid to the developer against the investment; (iii) the maximum share of SH to be carried out in development. The research and the results obtained highlight the utility of the model and the ease of use in the programming phase, in relation to urban regeneration programs that involve interventions in SH. Full article
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