More social housing in Utrecht

21st March 2007, Comments 0 comments

21 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – One in five families with a minimum income in Utrecht should have found suitable housing by 2009. This is the most important agreement reached by the Utrecht municipality and the housing corporations in the city on Wednesday.

21 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – One in five families with a minimum income in Utrecht should have found suitable housing by 2009. This is the most important agreement reached by the Utrecht municipality and the housing corporations in the city on Wednesday.

They have signed an agreement entitled "Samen voor de stad" (Together for the city), performance agreements for 2007 - 2010. The parties want to make a total of 38,000 homes available for minimum-income families, both in the city of Utrecht and in the subdivisions of Leidsche Rijn.

In order to increase social cohesion in the city, Utrecht and the housing corporations want to make more expensive homes available in the neighbourhoods of Overvecht, Kanaleneiland, Hoograven, Ondiep and Zuilen to higher-income households.

Older structures will be renovated and sold and more expensive homes will be built. Some 500 homes in the city centre, Utrecht Oost and Noordoost are being bought for renting out as social housing.

More than 100,000 people are looking for a home in Utrecht. The city wants to build a total of 17,000 new homes by 2010.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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