The acting Councilor for Housing and Rehabilitation, Josep Maria Montaner, collected on June 6 the European Responsible Housing Award, an award promoted by the European association Housing Europe and the International Tenant Federation in recognition of best practices and the most innovative actions in the field of public housing. In this case, the housing policies carried out by the Municipal Housing Institute of Barcelona (IMHAB) to fight against speculation were rewarded. The municipal action of the Barcelona City Council to combat gentrification has won in the category of “Fair financing for housing sustainability” of these prestigious European awards.
The ceremony took place within the celebration of the second International Social Housing Festival that was held in Lyon with around 4,000 people registered. Montaner remarked that “as a housing activist, Mayor Ada Colau was elected four years ago with the aim of transforming Barcelona’s housing policies starting from nothing, from the absence of housing policies”.
More information in press release from the Press Service of the Barcelona City Council (in Catalan)