National Housing Forum

In 2013, with the financial support of Wienerberger Group, Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria founded the National Housing Forum, for discussing local and national housing policies, strategies and issues. The forum is a representative platform for communication and the sharing of good practices between the relevant Bulgarian institutions and stakeholders – local authorities, business sectors, non-government organisations and academic institutions.

On 31.10.2013, Habitat Bulgaria organized the First National Housing Forum, with the support of Wienerberger Group and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW). Over 50 representatives of various organisations, municipalities, businesses and NGO’s attended the forum. The main topics were: national housing policy and its legal framework; mechanisms for improving housing conditions with the support of operational programme “Regional Development 2007-2013”, and the new operational programme “Regions in Growth 2014-2020”; good practices and examples of partnerships for resolving housing issues of Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria and the policy and corporative social responsibility of Wienerberger Group. The forum ended with a ceremony to award the keys from the two newly built houses in Kostinbrod to families raising underage children with low incomes.

On 26.04.2016, Habitat Bulgaria organized the Second National Housing Forum, again supported by Wienerberger Group and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW). Over 80 representatives of various organisations, municipalities, businesses and NGO’s attended the forum. The main topics were: the necessity of new National Housing Strategy; the opportunities for implementing municipal housing strategies; energy efficiency of the buildings; the improvement of the programmes for energy efficiency and recommendations for their optimisation; challenges faced by municipalities; the living conditions of vulnerable and marginalised groups; good practices in the field of social housing; sustainable planning of areas with compact Roma populations; social housing.

On 09.04.2019, Habitat Bulgaria organized the Third National Housing Forumм “Access to home and renovating the poor neighbourhoods”. With the previous housing forums, Habitat Bulgaria raised the awareness of institutions and the public on the necessity for improving living conditions within the country. In 2019, the organisation focused on the increasing need for the right to access a home, and renovating poorer neighbourhoods both nationally and internationally. The main focus of the forum were topics related to “Agenda 2030”, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and Goal 11 in particular with a focus to the Access to Home for everyone, and renovating the poor neighbourhood’s by 2030; initiatives of the Non-Governmental sector for improving the living conditions and partnerships with municipalities for implementing a housing policy; good practices of Bulgarian municipalities for improving housing conditions for poor neighbourhood’s. The third national housing forum was instigated within the framework of project Build Solid Ground and was supported by the French Institute of Bulgaria and the Wienerberger Group.