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Material and land for self-construction

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 13:26 -

Some towns provide land and materials free-of-charge to enable citizens to build their own houses with the help of the community.

Stimulating self-construction

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 13:13 -

Several initiatives aim at sharing knowledge and facilitating self-construction, be it in housing, farming facilities, shelters, etc.

Self-constructed communities

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 13:09 -

Self-construction can be part of a community project where the members of a community help one in each other to build their own houses

Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs)

Author: Anne-Iris Romens/Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-15 13:01 -

Legal device used in England and Wales, which enables local authorities to put an unoccupied property back into use as housing.

The soft requisition bill

Author: Louise Hain - Published At: 2013-05-15 12:54 -

Facilitates negotiation talks with the owners of abandoned buildings and other unused premises.

Bill in Andalucía

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 12:47 -

Based on Ex-propriation and fines in order to avoid buildings lying empty while families and individuals face homelessness on the streets of Andalucía, Spain.

Occupying abandoned buildings

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 12:18 -

The reusing of abandoned housing may be provided by through law or policy. In other cases, the occupation of buildings is done without the consent of the legal owner of the premises, despite it lying vacant and unused, and is therefore considered illegal.

Mapping abandoned buildings

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 09:55 -

As hundreds of buildings contine to lie abandoned and unused all across Europe, creative initiatives have appeared in several European countries that aim at mapping abandoned buildings in the hope that they will be later used in some shape or form.

Sharing a building

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 08:38 -

Shared housing experiences, such as neighbours living in the same building, may result in better organisation and sharing of resources, thus facilitating greater access to all involved. Take for example, the sharing of food through the establishment of a group-purchased building, or organising shared care of loved ones.

Recovery of Meals

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 08:32 -

Local initiatives of this kind involve the recovering of edible food before it ends up in the rubbish bin.

Gleaning and dumpster diving

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-15 08:13 -

Gleaning is an ancient practice which consists in allowing third parties to collect the produce remaining in the fields after harvest (potatoes, carrots, etc.). Another form, grapping, consists in recovering fruit from the trees (grapes, apples, etc.). The practice of retrieving food from rubbish bins that has been thrown away, but which is perfectly edible, is also common.

Cultivation and production on all terrain

Author: Anne-Iris Romens/ Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-15 08:06 -
Consumption

Particularly in the context of the present economic climate, initiatives are emerging in communities across Europe that involve the planting of any suitable piece of land and sharing the produce grown. The benefits of these kinds of movements are multi-fold.

Community gardens

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-14 13:27 -

Community gardens are those that are shared, cultivated and managed by a community of residents.

GAS (Gruppi di Aquisto Solidale)

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-14 13:22 -

Most notably developed in Italy, GAS ("solidarity purchase groups") bring together consumers who wish to buy products as a collective from one or more producers.

La domiciliation associative

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-14 12:34 -

In France, the provision of a registered address enables an asylum seeker, who is homeless, to declare his or her address at any NGO that has been specially approved by the French administration.

Avvocato di Strada

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-14 11:45 -

Avvocato di strada (Street lawyer) is an association of lawyers established with the objective to protect homeless people, increasingly deprived of their fundamental rights and trapped in a situation from which they are unlikely to leave.

Virtual addresses

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-14 10:45 -

This practice consists in creating physical or virtual places that have the same legal force as private homes, which anyone can declare as their official address when voting or claiming entitlements.

Street Lawyers

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-05-14 10:40 -

Street lawyers work to inform people in poverty, and more specifically homeless people, about their rights and to assist them in legal proceedings.