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10 Points for Implementing the Housing Action Program, in short: "10 Points for Housing"


    The program "10 Points for Housing" adopted in 2020 is a package of goals and measures that provides answers to current challenges such as the creation of affordable housing, vibrant neighborhoods and a land-saving settlement structure. Its preparation was based on in-depth analyses of the Heidelberg housing market, the different demand groups and population trends up to 2035. The program is aimed at creating housing opportunities for all. Certain groups in Heidelberg need special support here: Starter households, households with children and seniors. In addition, barrier-free living is gaining in importance.


    Reference to Agenda 2030 • The program "10 Points for Housing" envisages a significant increase in the stock of affordable and subsidized housing in the medium to long term. • Households in need of special housing assistance include families with children, seniors, and starter households (18 to 29 year-olds) • Cross-sectional tasks such as the creation of barrier-free living space are gaining in importance • Space-saving construction methods for new neighborhoods, e.g. through multi-story housing and compact floor plans. • Dual inner development means not only creating new living space in the existing housing stock, but also upgrading the residential environment • Development of the program in intensive exchange between the City of Heidelberg, the City Council, and housing market players

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    • SDG 11.1 Ensuring access to adequate, safe, affordable housing for all. Heidelberg: Points 1-4, 8 of the program 10 Points for Housing • SDG 11.3: Making urbanization more inclusive and sustainable. Heidelberg: Points 1, 4, 7 of the program. Housing, living environment, diversity, vibrant neighborhoods, mix of uses; barrier-free: Resolution 0056/2020, p.2.16 • SDG 11.56 - SDG 11.59 Indicators such as rents, housing costs, living space. Heidelberg: Point 5 of the program, monitoring: Resolution 0261/2020, p.3.3 • SDG 11.67 – 11.72: Economical use of space and energy. Points 7, 10 of the program

    Implementation methodologies

    The 10 points of the program "10 Points for Housing" are: 1. Diverse housing supply for all 2. Increased supply for starter households 3. Rental and owner-occupied housing for households with children 4. Improvement of the housing situation of senior seniors 5. Use of municipal control instruments 6. Active real estate policy 7. Dual inner development 8. Strengthening the municipal housing association as a guarantor of affordable housing 9. Cooperation between housing market players 10. Initiatives and collaborative activities in the region and at state and federal level Multi-stakeholder partnership: "Housing Dialogue Forum", established in 2017 to jointly create the conditions for the implementation of concrete housing construction measures in the sense of a diverse housing offer for all. This is what is being done:  Discussion of specific issues and various concerns through regular exchanges between all stakeholders in the Housing Dialogue Forum and in-depth discussions in “laboratories”  Involvement of external stakeholders and expert bodies in the discussions on relevant housing policy decisions, e.g. updates of building land management or barrier-free construction  The joint discussion of good examples (best practice) such as the a holistic approach to housing and climate protection Monitoring: Monitoring will be established according to specific criteria for each of the ten points and will be made available to the City Council and the public in the form of a regular report. Resources: • Housing Demand Analysis (external expertise) approx. 60,000 euros • Moderation / project support (dialogue forum) during the coordination process • Coordination office: 15 months (50%)


    • “Südstadt” residential target group concept, around 1,500 apartments of which seventy percent are affordable: 40% low-cost rental apartments, 30% owner-occupied. Allocation to residential groups, students, trainees. • “Hospital” residential target group concept, around 600 apartments and 200 students: 40% subsidized or affordable apartments, 10% owner-occupied. Development by the City and by the municipal (GGH) and other housing companies: compact floor plans, consideration of special housing needs of single parents, families, multi-generations, seniors. Complementary qualitative approaches on energy, transport, buildings, green and open spaces. • Creation of affordable housing through active municipal property policy and participation of the municipal housing company. • Need for cooperation with partners, such as developing Südstadt through building/banking cooperatives and GGH. • Building sustainable neighborhoods that combine social and environmental aspects requires new approaches

    Factors and Constraints

    Good framework conditions: • Administration: Top-level support, cooperating offices • Committed partners from city and region • State & federal association of cities and towns cooperate, exchange among cities is helpful • Housing offensive of federal, state, and local governments: Transparency in striving for conducive laws, public welfare-oriented property policies and funding Funding: • City: Property fund, land purchasing, municipal housing subsidy • Regional housing subsidy • Federal government provides federal real estate Constraints: Limited design authority of the municipality: dependent on framework conditions of federal and state government

    Sustainability and replicability

    • Integrated approach at project level, reconciling social (affordable housing) and ecological (CO2 reduction, land-saving construction) aspects. The principle of dual inner development aims to create on the one hand housing and on the other attractive and usable green and open space in the residential environment in existing settlements, including military conversion areas and the former freight station (Bahnstadt). • Legal requirements and financial support from the federal and state governments • Dialogue Forum as an exchange platform for all stakeholders concerned with housing. Creating a constructive working atmosphere, discussing current topics before they are passed to the political committees

    COVID-19 Impact

    • Living and working should merge and have to be reconsidered • Living environments/nearby spaces play an important role in human interaction. Therefore, they should always be designed attractively and citizen-oriented, inviting multifunctional (spontaneous) uses and adoptions by residents (of all ages and feature groups) • Neighborhood management on site in the city districts as a contact point for support, information, communication, in order to build networks and "bridges” • Strengthening of city district identity: Actions to participate, (challenge) citizen commitment • Digital accessibility (home office and schooling) / appropriate infrastructure for all households, independent of income

    Contact Name
    Dr. Gabriela
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    City of Heidelberg, Germany
    Geographical coverage

    Heidelberg city

    01 October 2019 (start date)
    12 July 2020 (date of completion)
    Contact Information

    Dr. Gabriela, Office of Urban Development and Statistics