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Housing in Cities in the COVID-19 era

10 Dec 2020 16.00-17.30 CET


The COVID-19 crisis has exposed and worsened housing challenges in many cities in OECD countries. Housing inequality – marked by differences in prices, quality, location, and accessibility – came abruptly to the fore during  government-implemented lockdowns and “stay at home” measures.

At the initial peak of the crisis, cities, regions/states and national governments deployed emergency safety measures such as suspending evictions and relocating homeless populations, while some landlords suspended or cancelled rent. However, temporary measures will not solve housing inequality long-term.

This webinar will explore what local and national governments can do to offer adequate and more affordable and sustainable housing for all.

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  • Moderated by Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD
  • Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver (USA)
  • Michaela Kauer, Director of Vienna’s EU Liaison Office in Brussels
  • Daniela Grabmüllerová, Deputy Minister, Section of Coordination of EU Funds and International Relations, Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic
  • Sjoerdje Van Heerden, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission