Where is the Heilbronn social quota in housing construction?

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In Heilbronn, at least 10 households, including numerous families with children, are currently dependent on affordable rented accommodation. That is around a quarter of Heilbronn's population. Since 800, the city of Heilbronn has approved around 2010 housing entitlement certificates, the entry ticket for a socially subsidized rental apartment. It is subject to income limits.

According to the city's construction monitor, the average rent for new apartments rose by an impressive 2013 percent between 2020 and 65; in 2020 it was 13,26 euros per square meter; In 2013 it was eight euros.

What is missing in the region and city of Heilbronn is a binding social quota for housing construction. For the Heilbronn municipal council, this is obviously a hot topic that has not yet been dared to be touched. To date, the committee has not been able to bring itself to a regulation that other cities have long since introduced as a regulatory instrument to reduce the pressure on the housing market: in Mannheim the mandatory quota is 30 percent for ten residential units or more, in Karlsruhe it is 30 percent, in Heidelberg and Stuttgart at 20 percent. Freiburg is the leader with a social quota of 50 percent.

My demand: only a binding social quota of at least 30 percent, preferably 50 percent, can lead to relaxation on the region's housing market in the medium term. I recommend that the rural district municipalities set up a joint initiative for affordable housing in order to create more affordable housing.

It is a sham to announce a high number of building permits when at the same time it is kept secret that hardly any social housing and affordable living space are being built or that the expiry of social ties and the sale of social housing are not offset.

The current report on construction activity in Heilbronn is the best example. Between 2016 and 2020, exactly 2457 new residential units came onto the market in Heilbronn. What is missing from the statistics, however, is that the proportion of social rental housing has continued to fall.

After that, the number of socially subsidized rental units in Heilbronn fell from 1323 (2020) to 1308 (end of 2022). At the end of 2030 there are only 1033 social housing units left in the city of Heilbronn - far too few for the enormous demand.

In the district of Heilbronn, too, social housing will shrink from 249 (2020) to 2030 by 214. Under construction: only 14 apartments, planned for a total of 200. In the district: four apartments under construction, with 85 planned.

"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including ... housing."

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25

2 thoughts on "Where is the Heilbronn social quota in housing construction?"

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