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Factsheet for case ES-2020-14/610 – measures in Spain

Extension of social housing programmes

Extensión de programas de vivienda social

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 30 September 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Case created 15 April 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)

Background information

The objective of this programme is to increase the stock of social housing in order to allow particularly vulnerable groups to have access to it during the health crisis provoked by the COVID-19.

In order to reach this goal, two measures are included in Royal Decree 11/2020:

  • first, the law opens the door for local and regional governments to increase their social housing stock
  • secondly, it is allowed to use with anticipation the funds allocated in the budget of the Ministry of Transport and Housing for the next four years.

Content of measure

Aid in this new case may be obtained by homes that, individually or in blocks, are acquired by Public Administrations, public bodies and other entities governed by public law, as well as public companies and non-profit third sector entities , in order to increase the public park of houses for rent or assignment in social use.

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda is authorized to transfer to the Autonomous Communities and the Cities of Ceuta and Melilla 100% of the funds committed for the year 2020 in the agreements for the execution of the 2018-2021 State Housing Plan , specifically 346,637,200 euros entered in budget line 17.09.261N.753, without waiting for the acquisition of the financial commitment by them or any other requirement required in the agreements.

The aforementioned Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda is also authorized to transfer to the Autonomous Communities and the Cities of Ceuta and Melilla 100% of the funds committed for the year 2021 in the agreements for the execution of the State Plan for Housing 2018-2021, specifically €354,255,600, in the first quarter of 2021, without waiting for the acquisition of the financial commitment by them or any other requirement required in the agreements.

Use of measure

No data available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

Social partners were not involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this policy measure.

Views and reactions

No reactions from social partners on this specific measure have been reported.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Extension of social housing programmes, case ES-2020-14/610 (measures in Spain), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.