The Swedish National Board of Housing (Boverket) predicts that 700,000 new homes will need to be built over the next ten years to reduce the housing shortage. But the question is: Who will live in these 700,000 new homes? The forecast is a short-term one and urban planning today is based on unrealistic assumptions.
It will soon be hard to find buyers and tenants who can afford to pay for new homes. People without a home rarely have large financial margins. We cannot, therefore, build our way out of the housing shortage. Mobility in the housing market needs to increase, and to ensure the long-term development of society the analysis needs to be focused on a fact-based basis for decision-making. We need realistic forecasts – at both the municipal and national level.
Participants: Jonas Nygren, head of the Swedish Union of Tenants, Mikael Söderlund, CEO Sthlm Urban Advisors and Anna Bertilsson, Director City Planning Office, Linköping Municipality.
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