“We must stop procrastinating and take action”. Emmanuelle Cosse, president of the USH, announced on April 18 the “very serious concern” social landlords on their ability to continue to produce social housing. A very unfavorable economic conditions for HLM organizations and the “lack of appetite of local elected officials” for the construction, is added the silence of the administration and the government on several outstanding subjects, and of the forums of discussion which do not lead to “no action”.
With 95,000 approvals of social housing in 2022, “we are far from meeting the needs”, recalls Emmanuelle Cosse, who would like the State not to give up on setting ambitious objectives and giving itself the means to achieve them. Indeed, if the drop in projects is clearly due to the “lack of appetite” local elected officials, who face strong opposition from citizens for any new construction, the state “is not supportive enough” of those who remain volunteers, explains the former minister of housing, who points to a lack of support on development projects, for example.
Especially since the production crisis does not only concern social housing: everywhere, developer projects are put on hold for lack of marketing. But the donors “will not have the means to buy these homes that have remained without buyers, given the levels of land charges, in particular, for developer projects. Promoters who, moreover, “do not intend to bring their share of the effort to the level of the margins”says the president of the USH.
HLM organizations in a vice
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