Creating Affordable Housing through self-management: Experiences from a Danish concept

Jesper Ole Jensen, Anne Gro Stensgaard

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The paper presents a case on self-management in the Danish social housing
sector as a way of providing affordable housing. It is based on an evaluation of
a Danish concept for affordable housing, Social Housing Plus (“AlmenBolig+”).
The concept was introduced in 2007, and so far app 1.400 housing units have
been established. The concept includes a number of approaches to reduce the
rent, some are “traditional” physical-technical approaches for affordable
housing, e.g. reducing production costs and limiting standards. However, a
central element in the concept has been the introduction of “self-management”
amongst the residents, which is a new and controversial approach in the Danish
social housing sector, where the traditional approach is a high service level
regarding maintenance, operation and administration, but these services also
have a high impact on the rent. This paper will outline the ideas behind the
Social Housing Plus-concept, the preconditions for the self-management
approach, and the experiences so far from the various housing estates built on
the concept. This will include a discussion of the social impacts of the selfmanagement among the residents, e.g. in relation to a participation and sense of ownership, but also various challenges in the concept. Broadly speaking, the paper aim to examine and assess the potential for self-management as a way to establish affordable housing, as well as the limits of the concept.
Methodologically, the evaluation is based on qualitative interviews and surveys
amongst residents and housing associations, as well as quantitative
assessments of the outcome regarding rent level and household composition in
the housing estates.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date5 Dec 2016
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016
EventBoligforskerseminar : Mangfoldighed og boligliv - i storbyen, i forstaden og på landet - AAU, København, København
Duration: 5 Dec 20165 Dec 2016


LocationAAU, København
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