International Journal of Housing Policy vol:13 issue:1 pages:74-82
Flanders, the largest of the three Belgian territories, is one of the most prosperous regions of Europe with a good average standard of housing quality and affordability. Since the reform of the Belgian state in the 1980s housing policy has been a competence of the regions. Contrary to the preceding Belgian policy that was mainly driven by economic objectives, Flemish housing policy starts from the constitutional right to decent housing and assigns priority to the housing needs of low-income households. One of the difficulties with implementing the right to housing for a long time was that important policy instruments remained federal competences. A next planned transfer of competence is now offering a historic chance to reorient housing policy. In this review we briefly describe the historical context of the Flemish housing policy and discuss the main outcomes. We go on to consider the possible changes that may be desirable in the coming reform.