Press release

Published: 15 October 500Last change: 15 October

Parties in the Haaglanden region agree that agreements must be made to combat the housing shortage together. That is why the province, 15 corporations and eight councils want the interim agreement ‘Working together on a solid housing market in Haaglanden 2021-2030, the first step’ sign.

This is a first step towards sufficient (social) housing and a better distribution of social housing in Haaglanden.

The housing shortage in the Haaglanden region continues to increase. The need to build new homes is great. In addition, the housing associations in the Haaglanden region have the greatest task and the fewest resources. Municipalities, housing associations, collaborating tenant organizations and the province of South Holland face an enormous joint challenge to reduce the housing shortage.

Working together on regional targets

For 2030 the collaborating parties have set regional targets for the Haaglanden housing market. Municipalities want an increase in the total number of homes and, together with the housing associations, an increase in the number of social housing, a better distribution of social housing across municipalities in the region and allocate a larger share of housing association homes to people with the lowest incomes. The interim agreement is a first step in achieving the goals. The interim agreement contains agreements about the increase in housing and work agreements that are still necessary to achieve the regional goals. The parties have agreed to record the results of these working agreements in a final agreement as soon as possible. These agreements are the basis for a long-term and intensive collaboration to strengthen the housing market in the Haaglanden region.

More (social) housing

One of the goals in the interim agreement is that there should be ample 500. homes in Haaglanden. Robin Paalvast, chairman of the housing board: “We see an increasing need for housing. In order to ensure that sufficient housing units are available in 500, we are adding substantially more housing units. Through these agreements we know who will do what to give substance to this.”

Some of these homes are social housing. housing, that part needs to be increased. Social housing is social rental housing from housing associations, but also cheap housing – rental and purchase – from private individuals. Based on the agreements in the interim agreement, the target group stock will increase by more than 6.
houses. This is a good start, but not enough to offer everyone a suitable home. In another 4.800 additional homes have been added to meet the stated goals. M

ohamed Baba, chairman of the Association of Social Landlords Haaglanden, endorses the challenge:

“We have a housing crisis. In order to ensure sufficient social housing, housing associations will have to build three times as much in the coming years as what they are doing now. It is good that we record these interim results together,

but more importantly, that all those involved work hard to get the homes not only on paper, but also actually to be realized.”
Better distribution in the region

Another goal is a more balanced distribution of social housing across the region. For some municipalities this means that they provide extra social housing, while other municipalities add other types of housing.
Anne Koning, Provincial Executive of South Holland: “

There are considerable differences between municipalities. Adjustment is necessary. This is a marathon, not a sprint. This interim agreement is the first step towards a more balanced region and a realistic approach to the deficit. In the meantime, we continue to look for further steps to achieve the goals.”
With the agreements in the interim agreement, the Haaglanden region is setting course for a more balanced housing supply.
ylvie Seubert, President of the Cooperating Tenant Organizations Haaglanden, agrees with Anne Koning:

“Although the municipalities are heading for more balance in the housing supply, there is an enormous urgency to realize the homes. In addition, the planning remains a challenge, municipalities that add social housing must speed up and the other municipalities must not descend too hard.”
The sequel
The interim agreement is a first step, a lot still needs to be done before all regional goals are fully achieved, which is why individual municipalities, housing associations and the province are currently discussing local level about all opportunities and obstacles in the housing market, and they also look at the locations at which the extra required numbers of c orporation houses and who actually builds them. Each municipality coordinates the individual process with the province and the local housing associations. The interim results of this will be discussed in the joint Administrative Consultation in mid-December. The parties have agreed to record the tightened agreements in a final agreement.


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