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Debate article: Housing shortage among young people: "We risk a generation failure!"


“The state needs to further stimulate the construction of rental apartments with rents people can afford to demand. The investment in state investment support is a step on the road - and to adjust the fiscal imbalance between different types of housing, ”writes the debater.

It is painful to follow the youth of the Manchester documentary Stacey Dooley: Young and Homeless on SVT Play.

They talk openly about how they struggle to find a job and to afford what we take for granted - a roof over their heads.

In Sweden, too, we see that young adults find it difficult to move away from home with the consequence that adult life is pushed forward.

That in itself is evidence of a dysfunctional housing situation in Sweden.

We know that about 213,000 young adults live with their parents, even though they would rather live in a different way. Almost one in four, 193,000 young adults, also live below the threshold that the Crown Magistrate has as the lowest level to maintain in debt restructuring.

Unemployment is also higher among those living at home than those with their own housing.

In other words, there is a backward relationship between vulnerability and opportunities.

Those who have the greatest reason to relocate if opportunities emerge in another location are hindered by the housing shortage and the vulnerability that follows in the housing shortage.

It becomes a torque 22.

Today's young adults pay a high price for housing shortages. That, as some actors and now also the Swedish government together with C and L, talk about market rents as a way for more people to be able to get their own housing, is a direct mockery to a whole generation of young people.

Such a system would in no way favor the groups that they say are hot, but on the contrary further increase the exposure of those with the weakest position in the housing market.

It would lead to a breakdown and definitely not help to realize Sweden's constitution, which states that the right to a home is a social right.

We also have until 2030 to realize the UN's sustainability goal of ensuring access for all to affordable, safe and affordable housing.

The tenants' association, just like the UN, wants to see long-term and secure conditions for everyone in Sweden to obtain permanent housing, regardless of the type of accommodation. Therefore, we want to see the following solutions:

  • The state needs to further stimulate the construction of rental apartments with rents people can afford to demand. The investment in state investment aid is a step on the road
  • Adjust the fiscal imbalance between different types of housing
  • Use both state and municipal land in an offensive way to contribute to an increase in the construction of rental properties.
  • The municipalities are responsible for housing supply. They must obtain plans for housing construction and use their public utility housing companies for what they are to build and manage rental properties based on the needs that exist.

It has become okay in our society that young people have to stay at home, be resident or rent in the other. We need to start talking more about how it affects an entire generation that can't plan their lives.

By extension, we risk a generational failure that will have social consequences for a long time to come.

It does not accept Sweden's three million tenants.

Source: svt

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