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Lessons for housing policy in Covid-19 times

What the European response to this crisis can teach us for the future


  • Jack Simpson



Covid-19, Housing policy, Homelessness, Evictions, Rent, Social housing, 1MHomes


Between April and May I have been on a European tour. While travel restrictions were in place still for most European nations, from my kitchen-cum-office and with the help of Zoom, I have been to Turin, Copenhagen and Tarragona. It has taken eight countries, 12 academics and journalists and resulted in an overview of the continent’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. It has been eye-opening. It has completely changed many of my preconceptions of housing policy and structures around the continent and shows me there is so much the nations from Europe can learn from one another.

Author Biography

Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson is the news editor for the UK magazine Inside Housing. The comment above is a reflection on the piece he did called ‘How Europe’s housing sector has responded to the COVID-19 crisis’, where he compares the responses of eight different European countries. It can be read here