For twelve years now, the REGIOSTARS have been Europe’s awards to EU-funded projects which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. The goal is to inspire other regions and project managers across the continent.
Our Interreg North-West Europe project SHICC – Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities – won the 2020’s edition of the competition in the category ‘Citizens’ engagement for cohesive cities’. Many European cities are faced with a housing affordability crisis. The SHICC project addresses this burning issue by supporting the establishment of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in four cities across North-West Europe: Brussels, London, Ghent and Lille. Those successful pilots act as pioneering examples with 89 families who have become owners so far. CLTs are democratic organisations which develop and manage homes that are affordable – and remain forever so – to people with low and median incomes. CLTs create cohesive neighbourhoods through community and resident involvement.