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Home Silk Road - Housing toward empowerment Lyon Metropole, France
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Housing
Modifier 13 December 2020
by Ruth Owen, UIA Expert

Home Silk Road and Housing First in the Metropole of Lyon

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This Zoom-In takes a close look at how the Home Silk Road UIA Project fits into the broader Housing First strategy of the Metropole of Lyon. Housing First is a way of addressing homelessness that implies radically rethinking well-established policies and services. Home Silk Road is an urban renovation project whereby a brownfield site destined to deliver more than 200 units of social housing is transformed into a hub for inclusion and culture from the outset of the redevelopment process.

The Metropole of Lyon is an interesting setting for housing policy and urban governance because its creation in 2015 involved the absorption of many competencies previously held at the Regional level. Competence for solidarity, housing, planning, social exclusion, and other areas, mean it has many of the important levers for tackling homelessness and housing exclusion at hand. This, combined with strong political commitment, has enabled the Metropole to become a “pioneer territory” for ambitious policy to address homelessness and housing exclusion. Housing First has become a cornerstone of this ambition. Lyon’s experience in pursuing an ambitious Housing First strategy provides much learning and inspiration for other cities embracing the same challenge.  The Metropole of Lyon is an interesting setting for housing policy and urban governance because its creation in 2015 involved the absorption of many competencies previously held at the Regional level. Competence for solidarity, housing, planning, social exclusion, and other areas, mean it has many of the important levers for tackling homelessness and housing exclusion at hand. This, combined with strong political commitment, has enabled the Metropole to become a “pioneer territory” for ambitious policy to address homelessness and housing exclusion. Housing First has become a cornerstone of this ambition. Lyon’s experience in pursuing an ambitious Housing First strategy provides much learning and inspiration for other cities embracing the same challenge.  

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Lyon is a pioneering city when it comes to scaling up Housing First. Two years into a 5-year Housing First plan, it can teach other urban authorities and stakeholders a lot about adapting to local realities whilst maintain the core principles that define Housing First. Home Silk Road needs to be understood in terms of the broader housing policy in the Metropole and the commitment to scaling up Housing First. It demonstrates very well how the principals of Housing First can be operationalised in a complex urban reality, notably in the context of intensive urban renewal where population and economic growth are driving local housing dynamics.

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