March 2016 - Social impact

Temporary living for young people

On March 9th, 66 container houses were completed in Almere. Half of them meant for students. The other houses are the first step in the ambition to organize adequate shelter for young people in residential care and homeless people from homeless shelters. Partly due to a shortage of small, low-cost housing in Almere, the outflow of vulnerable groups to independent living falters. And Almere is not unique in this. In many cities there are hardly any small, cheap houses available, while the demand for them only increases, especially since status holders, asylum seekers with a residence permit, also claim them. 

Commissioned by the municipality of Almere, Guido Wallagh and Rutger Oolbekkink lead the Task Force Housing in Welfare and Health. Together with the municipality, housing corporations, care providers and building owners the taskforce works on a multi-pronged approach, starting with a better understanding of the people behind the numbers. Having a place of your own is an important start, but the Taskforce also made the connection to guidance, ranging from medical to financial help and work. In doing so, The Task Force also focused on optimizing services and innovations in the financing of housing, welfare and care.

Commissioned by the municipality of Almere,  lead the Task Force Housing in Welfare and Health. Together with the municipality, housing corporations, care providers and building owners the taskforce works on a multi-pronged approach, starting with a better understanding of the people behind the numbers. Having a place of your own is an important start; 66 container houses mark a new beginning for 66 people. To live independently however some people need guidance, ranging from medical to financial help. The Task Force therefore focused also on optimizing services and innovations in the financing of housing, welfare and care. 

More information: Guido Wallagh, Rutger Oolbekkink