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Fundació Hàbitat3, an innovative organization for the expansion of social-housing supply

Catalan managing entity of social rental housing that searches, rehabilitates, and manages social housing to make them available to social entities and public institutions that suffer large housing shortages for people and families in vulnerable situations they serve.

To achieve this, Hàbitat3 deals with the identification and securing of affordable housing, through public and private assignments, or through acquisitions thanks to favorable credit lines. Subsequently, Hàbitat3 takes care of the renovation and management of the housing, together with the accompaniment of residents under insertion regime, and the monitoring of the proper use through their own team of social professionals. In addition, Hàbitat3 carries out the rehabilitation of homes with local socio-labor insertion companies.

For its innovative task of impressive collaboration at many levels – government, social enterprises, charities, Hàbitat3 Foundation has been awarded the Gold Award of the World Habitat Awards 2019. These awards initiated in 1987 to recognize the most innovative initiatives in social housing worldwide, and this is the first time that a Spanish organization obtains this award.

Foto: Berrituz

Type of activity:

Innovative organization



Partners / Funders:

Agència de l’Habitatge de Catalunya (Catalan Housing Agency), Institut Català de Finances (Catalan Finance Institute)


The foundation was born at the end of 2014 as an initiative of the Bureau of the Third Sector of Catalonia and several of its partner federations. It also has the support of the Government of Catalonia, through the Catalan Housing Agency and the Catalan Institute of Finance as well as private companies such as CaixaBank, Cellnex, Agbar or Naturgy

Implementation level:

The foundation manages 490 homes in around twenty Catalan municipalities, mainly in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, among which 345 are managed by agreements with city councils and 99 by agreements with 26 social entities. In total there are 1341 tenants living in vulnerable situations, all of them proposed by the municipalities or social entities which are in need of housing for these people

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