Urban Journalism Institute
Municipal Times Journal


Brussels Blueprint for Affordable Cities and Housing for All was endorsed at the sixth meeting of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth. The document outlines a commitment to “alleviate short-term pressures on the cost of living and scale up long-term change in housing.” 

The Blueprint states that housing costs have become increasingly unaffordable over the last two decades, especially for low-income households. Mayors have committed to developing targeted solutions to provide access to affordable and quality housing to vulnerable populations. Mayors announced that they will continue working on improving the quality of housing and housing policies across different levels of government.  

The OECD launched the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative in March 2016 as a response to the growing inequality. The Champion Mayors are leaders committed to tackling inequalities and promoting more inclusive economic growth in cities. This initiative supports governments by analyzing rising inequalities, monitoring material living standards and broader well-being, and designing policy packages that promote equity and growth. Throughout the years the initiative has brought together one hundred mayors.