The difficulty for citizens of Catalonia to access affordable housing is increasing; in particular social housing is a major public concern in this and other European regions.
The Register of Social Housing Developers (Registre d’Entitats Promotores d’Habitatge Protegit, REPHP) was created in 2007 by Barcelona Provincial Council (Diputació de Barcelona, DIBA) with the objective of fostering concerted action with town councils in the Province of Barcelona to develop and manage social housing on municipal land through private developers (concerted developments on land that is not publicly owned and/or that do not have the aim of developing land subject to some type of public protection are expressly excluded). REPHP supports the town councils by means of technical, financial and legal assistance provided by DIBA and it provides a tool that facilitates the coordination of social housing developments with private developers.
REPHP implements a framework of public-private cooperation as it is based on a three-level partnership: 1. Diputació de Barcelona, which is a second-level local government body; 2. the local governments in the Province; with the authority to develop and manage housing, but with uneven capacities and resources. The councils are the beneficiaries of the support programme offered by DIBA; 3. local, national and foreign private developers (profit and non-profit organisations), with proven experience in the construction and operation of social housing. REPHP implements two differentiated stages: 1. an inclusion stage, preselection of the developers and registration with REPHP by means of a single tender; 2. award stage; a number of independent procedures for the awarding of specific developments through tenders restricted to developers registered with REPHP. It is organised into a section to develop social housing to be sold (alienation section) and a section to develop social housing for rent or for concession of use (land-use rights/ administrative concession section). Thus, in all the developments that are not to be sold, the land continues to be publicly held and the property continues to be owned by the town council. REPHP consists of a special procedure that is regulated by the European Union and institutionally backed by the Government of Catalonia. The legal framework for the procedure is as follows: 1.Directive 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts.
Currently, 37 developers are registered in the alienation section and 19 in the right of use or administrative concession section. Seven developments have been awarded, which will mean a total of 185 new social housing units, 63% of which are for rent or cession of use. In the coming months 35 new developments will be awarded, i.e. a total of 969 new homes, 69% of which are for rent or cession of use. Thus, REPHP is making it possible for social housing to be developed in towns where until now resources did not allow such developments. This contributes towards balancing the right to affordable housing for all citizens regardless of the size of the town where they live.
|Award category:||partnership working|
|Type of activity:||public-private partnerships|
|Keywords:||Social housing, housing affordability, public-private cooperation|
|Short English description:||The Register of Social Housing Developers was created in 2007 by Barcelona Provincial Council with the objective of fostering concerted action with town councils in the Province of Barcelona to develop and manage social housing on municipal land through private developers|
|Organisation:||Diputació de Barcelona (DIBA), Gerència de Serveis d’Habitatge, Urbanisme i Activitats|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|