State of Housing Rights

The Right to housing is not constitutionally guaranteed. However, it is established in legislation through the Austrian Social Aid Act (§20); which supports “homeless people and persons in extraordinary precarious situations” through the “provision of housing”. The provincial governments contract these services out to NGOs.  
Housing provision in Austria is saveguarded by the following elements: 

Housing in Spain in the 21st Century

Diagnosis of the residential model and proposals for another housing policy.


Judgment of 16 January 2014, Constructora Principado, C-226/12

Relevant Articles: Article 3(1) of Council Directive 93/13/EEC of 5 April 1993 on unfair terms in consumer contracts

This request concerns the interpretation of Article 3(1) of Council Directive 93/13/EEC of 5 April 1993 on unfair terms in consumer contracts (OJ 1993 L 95, p. 29) (‘the Directive’).


Changing the Paradigm: Addressing the Criminalization of Homelessness in the United States through the UN Human Rights Committee Review

Criminalization of homelessness will be in the international
spotlight as hundreds of advocates join top
government officials from the United States in Geneva,
Switzerland, October 17-18, 2013, for the Human Rights
Committee (HRC) Hearing on U.S. compliance with
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(ICCPR). As a result of strategic advocacy by the National
Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (the Law
Center), not only will the government be held accountable


Housing Rights Watch Expert Workshop: Finding real solutions to the housing crisis - 2014 Madrid, Spain


On 13 June 2014, Housing Rights Watch, along with Fondation Abbe Pierre and FEANTSA organized an expert workshop to talk about housing solutions for homeless people in Europe.



Alternative housing - presentation by N.Bernard HRW workshop 13th june Madrid

Presentation on alternative housing made by N.Bernard at the Housing rights watch

expert workshop in madrid on the 13th of june 2014

click here to download


OECD presentation-Changing housing systems

Presentation of the changing housing systems of europe made by christophe andré

at the housing rights watch expert workshop in madrid 13 june 2014.

For english version click here

versión español, haga clic aquí