The Platform for Social Housing is is an umbrella organisation for non-government, non-profit organisations, experts and representatives of the public that focuses on the issue of social housing and human rights. We react to the long-term absence of a systemic and worthwhile approach to the issue. The Platform primarily umbrellas organisations concentrating long-term on working directly with people who have lost their homes, are at risk of losing them or who live in inadequate housing.
The main aim of the social housing system in the Czech Republic should be to increase access to housing for households that currently homeless and living in uncertain and substandard conditions. Families with children should no longer have to live in substandard housing; children should no longer be seized from their parents due to problems with housing. The social housing system should continue to reduce the number of people without a roof over their heads, living in hostels, institutions or socially excluded localities; it should reduce the number of people who have to pay an unreasonably large portion of their income (e.g. significant numbers of the elderly) and should also work preventively in relation to homelessness.
Social housing is housing that
- solves problems with the housing market,
- is aimed at people who cannot be expected to find adequate accommodation on the private housing market using their own finances,
- has clear allocation rules,
- is of an adequate and regularly certified standard,
- is provided using public subsidies,
- is provided on a non-profit basis,
- is monitored by public authorities.