Norwegian government proposes a new law to ensure that everyone has a home

Houses in StjørdalPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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Almost 180,000 people in Norway struggle to get a roof over their heads on their own. Now the government wants to tighten the municipality’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a place to live.

On Wednesday, the government will send a new law for consultation, which will clarify the municipalities’ responsibility for social housing. 

It will also give the county governor responsibility for supervising that the municipality fulfills the duty to provide assistance to the disadvantaged in the housing market.

According to the bill, the municipality will have to take social housing into account in their planning and have an overview of the need for housing for the disadvantaged, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization pointed out in a press release.

There are about 179,000 people who are considered disadvantaged in the housing market. 

New effort

These are people who are either without their own home, are in danger of losing their home, or live in an unsuitable home or living environment. 

Around 4,000 people are homeless.

In addition to the bill, the government has drawn up a new social housing strategy that, among other things, plans to eliminate homelessness. 

The strategy is particularly aimed at helping children and young people, and people with disabilities.

“The goal is for everyone, regardless of their background and personal characteristics, to have the opportunity to own and a home that suits them,” Minister of Local Government and Modernization Nikolai Astrup (H) noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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