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Countries in Central and Southeastern Europe share many housing challenges. Following the fall of communist regimes in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the region experienced a significant shift from widespread state provision of housing to mass privatisation. Today, social housing represents only a fraction of the overall housing market, and most is on the private market. Unfortunately, the housing on offer does not provide adequate affordable housing for a large majority of the population.

In response, a group of pioneering housing initiatives from Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Serbia, and Slovenia have joined together to develop ‘people-driven’ housing solutions to tackle;

  • the lack of institutional, financial, and legislative frameworks for collective housing
  • limited expertise regarding investment strategies for co-operative housing; and
  • a lack of suitable financial products.

Together with allied organisations, they created MOBA Housing SCE (MOBA) was created to address these issues and boost co-operatives across the region to increase the availability of affordable and anti-speculative housing in Central and Southeastern Europe.

World Habitat is one of MOBA’s associate members and have provided both advisory and financial support through our global community-led-housing programme.

We have supported MOBA in the following areas:

  • funding for a series of initial workshops that helped create and define MOBA Housing SCE
  • ongoing strategic input around network development, roadmaps and action plans, funding mechanism and approaches

our MOBA-World Habitat Cooperative Housing Development Grant pilot programme enabled MOBA to channel grants to five community-led pilot housing projects (one in each of the 5 countries).

MOBA has been active in the following fields:

  • collectively developing access to tailored financial resources for the network and its members’ pilot projects
  • attracting and sharing skills, knowledge, specific expertise (relating to financial, legal, organisational aspects and housing cooperative models)
  • challenging unsupportive legal frameworks, and influencing policy and practice; and
  • raising visibility of their mission and attracting allies.

To find out more about MOBA download a copy of our 2021 Annual Report or catch up with all the latest CLH blogs.

MOBA is interested in connecting with other groups that aim to create co-operative housing pilot projects across Central and Southeastern Europe. For more information, contact [email protected]


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