The “Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities project”, led by the city of Lille, wins a Regiostars award
The SHICC, an Interreg North-West Europe project, led by the city of Lille, won the 2020 Regiostars award in the category “Citizens’ engagement for cohesive cities”.
The Regiostars were created by the European Commission in 2008, in order to reward EU-funded projects promoting excellence and new approaches in regional development.
This year, the Regiostars have rewarded a project led by the city of Lille, along with Brussels, Ghent and London, as part of the Interreg North-West Europe. The SHICC project – Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities – won the 2020 Regiostar award in the category “Citizens’ engagement for cohesive cities”.
The project was carried out with the help of the Organisme Foncier Solidaire of Lille Metropole, the first active Organisme Foncier Solidaire in France. The OFS is a non-profit aiming at producing affordable housing by purchasing real estate, fixing ceiling-prices and accompanying households to find housing.
The SHICC project emerged as North West Europe finds itself in the midst of a crisis of affordable housing, that prevents a large number of citizens from finding adequate accomodation.
It will command CLT - Community Land Trust, democratic organisations which offer long-term, affordable homes for the vulnerable - sites in Brussels, Ghent, Lille and London to show how the concept works and how it could be reproduced in other places.
The CLT sites aim at empowering communities so they take control over their neighborhood and create housing that better fit their necessities, and strenghtening social cohesion.
SICCH project’s pilots is made of five existing housing projects in the four cities with a total of 45 homes and nine more under development, with 89 families who have become owners so far.
The total investment for the project “Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities” was of 2 953 652€. The EU’s European Regional Development Fund funded 1 772 191€ through the “North West Europe” Programme for the 2014-2020 period.