Within the framework of EUROCITIES initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City', Poznan, along with more than 20 major European cities, has adopted a pledge showing how the city is acting to translate the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights into actions to improve people's lives.
Poznan is committing to uphold principle 19 of the European Pillar of Social Rights, by protecting its residents against housing and social exclusion.
The city has also developed a 'score qualification system' to define a list of applicants for social housing. The order of the persons on the list is the result of a multicriterial evaluation of the situation of these people, translated into a score. The system addresses all people at risk of homelessness, including new groups like single parents, young people.
The city of Poznan has also implemented two programmes. The first programme is providing housing assistance and social support for people in need. 154 families are benefiting from this help coordinated through non-governmental organisations. The second programme 'Studio flats for a senior' is helping seniors to live in good housing conditions and with all the adequate social care services. During EUROCITIES working group meeting on 'homelessness', hosted by Poznan, on 1-2 October, members got a chance to exchange with some beneficiaries of those two innovative programmes.
The housing policy of the city of Poznan is also ensured through the construction of new social housing, renovation of old tenement houses and modernisation of health centres. The city is for instance working with the European Investment Bank for those works for a budget of around 41 million euros.
Using appropriate instruments and funding of social policy, Poznan is fighting to guarantee residents' basic housing need in accordance to their own preferences, aspirations and economic capacity.