Housing cost have increased quicker than households income since the 2000’s, in most of Europea countries. Despite crash of housing markets after 2008, the cost/income ratio remains far above its historical average (+19% in the Eurozone).
Poor households dedicate a bigger part of their income to housing. Housing burden is heavier and heavier for poor households, mainly in Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, countries under “Memorandum of understanding.” In countries most affected by the crisis, poor households have been the most affected.
Through Europe, poor households are between 4 and 20 times more likely to be overburden than the rest of the population.
A growing part of the population is confronted to arrears, rents or mortgage in most EU countries.
Number of homeless people has increased everywhere except two countries which managed to set up efficient policies (Finland and Netherlands). In France, number of homeless increased +40% last ten years, while it decreased -50% in Finland during the five past years.
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An overview of housing exclusion in europe 2015 - Complete report
Chapter 1 - European index of housing exclusion 2015
Chapter 2 - Homelessness in the European Union, a serious situation but not a hopeless one
Chapter 3 - European Union legislation relating to housing