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The applications of the municipalities of the Lisbon metropolitan area in the context of the Housing component of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, the use of the framework agreement created by the AML within the scope of its action plan for housing by the municipalities, the protocols to be established with the Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation and with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, and aspects of national legislation on housing, were the subjects debated at the meeting of the metropolitan working group on housing, which took place on May 31 at the AML headquarters.

Housing legislation

The meeting, which was attended by around 40 participants, including technicians and municipal leaders, began with a series of clarifications on a recent ruling by the constitutional court that

has raised a number of questions on the part of municipalities regarding the validity of their municipal regulations and their ability to regulate access to municipal housing under supported tenancy schemes.

Municipalities were also asked what happens to households and ongoing operations covered by the general adhesion agreements and collaboration agreements in force under PER and PROHABITA, which expire in June 2023.

Decree-Law 38/2023, which amends a wide range of legislation and provides for the creation of a rental scheme for subletting to families with difficulties in accessing housing on the market, was also discussed.

Applications from municipalities

The meeting also gave an update on the applications from the municipalities in the Lisbon metropolitan area, in the context of the housing component of the Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The applications submitted by the end of May represent a total of 3,800 dwellings, for an investment of over 300 million euros, of which around 280 million euros are financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan. The applications submitted also include around 200 new temporary emergency housing units, for an investment of more than 12 million euros (11 million financed).

Framework agreement

Eight municipalities in the Lisbon metropolitan area have already formalized 35 requests to use the framework agreement as part of their applications for project preparation, project review, geological and geotechnical prospecting and simplified project preparation. Fifteen for the preparation of architectural or specialty projects, ten for the revision of architectural or specialty projects, five for geological-geotechnical prospecting services and five for the preparation of simplified projects.

Protocols

The final draft of a protocol to be established between AML and the Institute for Housing and Urban Rehabilitation, which will provide real-time information on the physical and financial execution of applications, is under consideration.

An update was also given on the four protocols with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon: for the construction of a metropolitan information platform on housing; for support in drawing up municipal housing charters; for the development of a course on municipal housing charters; and for municipalities to have access to the "New Generation of Housing" Alliance cooperation agreements under special conditions.

The metropolitan information platform on housing, in addition to the planned information (real-time data on the physical and financial execution of applications, characterization of solutions, identification of trends, comparative analysis and identification of potential obstacles to the speedy execution of projects), will also include the main indicators of the National Statistics Institute (censuses, statistics on housing prices and construction statistics) for the Lisbon metropolitan area.

The protocol for support in drawing up municipal housing maps, meanwhile, aims to develop a guide that can serve as technical and scientific support for municipalities in the Lisbon metropolitan area. The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon is working on defining the contents.

Regarding the protocol for the development of a course on municipal housing charters, this will function, in a complementary way, as technical and scientific support for the municipalities of the Lisbon metropolitan area.

As the Lisbon Metropolitan Area is one of the partners of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon in the "New Generation of Housing" Alliance cooperation agreement, under which a series of postgraduate courses are being taught, both institutions are working to sign a complementary agreement with a view to establishing favorable conditions for access to the courses in question by municipalities in the Lisbon metropolitan area.

Over the next few years, as part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan and other funds, housing will be a target for investment throughout the Lisbon metropolitan area, through a common strategy. The action plan will include interventions in programmes to support access to housing, urgent and temporary accommodation and student accommodation, which capitalizes on the reflective and strategic process already undertaken by the municipalities in its territory.

Updated on 12/07/2023
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