Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC)

Project Summary

Project overview

The Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC) project seeks to support the establishment of more successful Community Land Trusts (CLT) in cities across the North-West European (NWE) region. Over the three-year project (Sept 2017 - Sept 2020) it will invest in four existing CLTs in Brussels, Ghent, Lille and London to ‘prove the concept’, create a supportive local, regional and national policy, funding and regulatory environment for CLTs and build a movement across the region.

Affordability crisis

North-west Europe is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, and as it continues to penetrate further into the fabric of our cities, their social and economic sustainability is being seriously threatened. More than 26 million people across the European Union are living in overcrowded and inadequate properties.

The solution

Amidst the crisis in housing, there is a growing movement of ordinary people across the region who are taking matters into their own hands; they are forming Community Land Trusts. In the absence of new housing supply through traditional housing models, CLTs offer an innovative and economically sustainable way of providing genuinely and permanently affordable homes. On top of this, they are enabling communities to take back control of their own neighbourhoods and create a better future that works foreveryone.


By the end of the project we aim to have established a widespread movement of CLTs across the region and CLTs to be widely recognised as a mainstream option for housing supply and urban renewal in all countries.

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email
Ville de Lille Caroline Lucats CS 30667 Place Augustin Laurent
Name Contact Name Email Country
Community Land Trust Bruxelles Geert De Pauw Belgium
National Community Land Trust Network Catherine Harrington United Kingdom
vzw Samenlevingsopbouw Gent Frank Vandepitte Belgium
London Community Land Trust Hannah Emery-Wright United Kingdom
Fonds Mondial pour le Développement des Villes (FMDV) Jean-François Habeau France
Ville de Lille

City of Lille will be the lead Partner of the project, support the WP Management and coordinate the partnership agreement. As lead partner, City of Lille is involved in all WPs in order to ensure their proper coordination and advancement. More specifically, City of Lille will be involved in the implementation of WP 4 pilots in conjunction with the OFSML.


Community Land Trust Bruxelles

General coordination of the project, along with the City of Lille. - One of the four pilots. Through the project, CLTB will develop new financial models and new strategies for enhancing community involvement. As a pilot, CLTB will inspire other initiatives in the region. - Through the involvement in the capacity building, long term effects and communication work packages, CLTB will help with spreading the CLT model within the NWE region and help emerging CLTs to overcome the first barriers.


vzw Samenlevingsopbouw Gent

Supporting Communtiy Land Trust Gent, SLO Gent will be leading the Workpackage 4 Pilots and contributing to the other work packages.



Fonds Mondial pour le Développement des Villes (FMDV)

FMDV will be in charge of the coordination of the Financial models WP and will contribute to the other WPs. FMDV will mobilize its internal expertise and reach out to networks and partners (in particular from the finance community and local and regional governments) to analyse financial models, develop new financing approaches and engineering for CLTs, and disseminate best practices and tools developed within the project allowing systematizing the concept in NWE



London Community Land Trust

London CLT brings practitioner expertise as a CLT in the very expensive housing market of London. It has particular experience in engaging with communities and the state, based on a community organising approach. It is making the change from a grant-funded not for profit with a campaigning emphasis to a sustainable social enterprise, actively exploring a diverse range of social finance options. LCLT is keen to develop new ways to create sustainable funding.



National Community Land Trust Network

Lead the Communications work package (WP) - Lead the Start-up Fund WP, building on its existing grant programme that provides small grants for nascent or new CLTs to buy in technical support and reach key milestones; - Lead the Long-term Effects WP, specifically delivering the advocacy campaign work and social impact measurement work. - Support the delivery of the Capacity Building WP, Financial Models WP and project management WP.


To pull this project off we are working with a variety of organisations. See below for the details of just some of the organisations we are working with. 


Housing Europe

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with Housing Europe.

Housing Europe is the European Federation of public, cooperative and social housing. In total, they manage 26 million homes - that's around 11% of all existing EU dwellings.



The Edith Maryon Foundation

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with The Edith Maryon Foundation

Land is a scarce commodity and therefore expensive. Usually too expensive for cheap housing and social or cultural projects, especially in the centers. Farms are also confronted with rising land prices and leases. The Edith Maryon Foundation  wants to withdraw land from speculation so that we or others can use it in a socially responsible way.



Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with FEANTSA

FEANTSA is the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless. We are the only European NGO focusing exclusively on the fight against homelessness. Our ultimate goal is an end to homelessness in Europe.


City in the Making Association

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with City in the Making Association

City in the Making Association (Stichting Stad in de Maak) has since 2013 taken on the redevelopment of vacant properties in Rotterdam. Driven by hands-on communities we manage these building currently for a period of ten years. Five years on, we see our challenge beyond such “temporary vacancy management” and aim towards permanence in affordable housing and working spaces in collective ownership and management. And possibly even a step further: a long-term socially and economically sustainable life in the city, including our own baseline income.



Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with UrbaMonde-Suisse

UrbaMonde-Suisse is an NGO founded in 2005 in Geneva under the name Urbanistes sans Frontières- International (USFI).

urbaMonde-France, the French counterpart of the organization, was founded in December 2015 with the aim to consolidate our work at the European level.

Convinced that inhabitants should be at the core of the processes shaping the urban environment, urbaMonde’s mission is to support sustainable cities built “by and for their inhabitants”. Beyond supporting the emergence community-led habitat projects, our goal is to consolidate civic-public partnerships for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. In order to do so, urbaMonde :

  • provides vulnerable populations in the Global North and Global South with the necessary tools to develop their local projects;
  • connects civil society actors through a common network to advocate for a participatory approach to urban and regional planning;
  • and collaborates with local authorities to integrate urban dwellers into their planning processes.

Locally, urbaMonde supports the development of housing cooperatives and participatory housing projects in Switzerland and France, providing technical assistance and advocacy tools to the inhabitant groups. Internationally, urbaMonde accompanies vulnerable inhabitant groups and their federations in the implementation of innovative and sustainable habitat projects. Finally, urbaMonde acts as a focal point on the Social production of habitat and is responsible for launching and coordinating a Global Platform on the topic.

In this context, urbaMonde is interested in exploring the role of innovative financing tools (community savings, revolving funds, etc.) and of new technologies (data collection, participatory online platforms, participatory mapping, etc.) in strengthening community organization and enhancing experience exchange.

urbaMonde was awarded the Ashoka Impact Award in 2012.


Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association

Founded in 2014 by investors and for investors, Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association works with a wide range of stakeholders, including infrastructure investors, policy-makers and academia, on supporting long-term, responsible deployment of private capital to public infrastructure around the world.

Our principal activities include:

public advocacy and engagement with policy-makers;
investment in research and innovation for the benefit of infrastructure investors;
education and training on long-term investing in infrastructure.
LTIIA is a not-for-profit international association and most of our members are institutional investors and fund managers with responsibilities over long-term and open-ended infrastructure investment mandates.




Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with FEBEA

For over 30 years, all over Europe, ethical and alternative financial firms have been created by citizens who sought to give another meaning to their money.

Founded in Brussels in 2001, FEBEA is the European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks and Financiers.

It brings together financial institutions from 17 European countries with the aim of developing ethical and social finance in Europe. Together, these innovative and pioneering institutions work, each in its own country, to disseminate the importance and urgency of the development of ethical and solidarity-based financial models in the European economic and political area.


The Network of Territorial Communities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES)

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with The Network of Territorial Communities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES)

The Network of Territorial Communities for a Solidarity Economy (RTES) brings together local authorities who are committed to a charter for the development of the social and solidarity economy. In 2017, the network brings together more than 115 communities, regions, departments, intercommunalities and municipalities, which have shown the need for a space for exchanges and national coordination.


The Flemish Social Housing Society (VMSW)

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with The Flemish Social Housing Society (VMSW)

The Flemish Social Housing Society (VMSW) stimulates, advises and supports local housing actors. This way we can make high quality and affordable social housing in Flanders possible. Social housing companies (SHMs), social rental offices (SVKs), municipalities and OCMWs can contact the VMSW for a wide range of information and support.


ID22 - Institute for creative sustainability

Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities is collaborating with ID22

We are an international and integrative team with a variety of backgrounds and a common passion for creative sustainability. id22 brings together architects, planners, sociologists, artists, community developers and gardeners, educators and others. With members, partners and volunteers from many countries, we study and support pioneering local Berlin initiatives, recognizing there are crises emerging in the world around us. Our Institute emphasizes communication and networking, cooperation and conviviality.