The production of new social housing will be "at half-mast" in 2023, warned Tuesday Emmanuelle Cosse, president of the Social Union for Housing (USH) which represents social landlords. "As far as HLM production is concerned, it will be at half-mast," she said a week before the congress of the USH, a large gathering of social landlords.
The feedback we have (...) suggests that it will be a bad year, which will be lower than that of 2022 (...) which was a very bad year", with 95,000 new social housing units authorized in metropolitan France, she warned. In view of the congress of the USH, where are expected three ministers, Christophe Béchu (Ecological Transition), Patrice Vergriete (Housing) and Philippe Vigier (Overseas), "still shows a certain impatience in the face of the indecision of the State, because indeed, it is very difficult to see a course taking shape," castigated the former minister.
The situation we are in today leaves us with the feeling of a real disinvestment of the public authorities in housing policies, a disinvestment that is both material and ideological, "said Emmanuelle Cosse. The USH on Tuesday unveiled a study it commissioned on the need for new housing. According to this study, between 2024 and 2040, 518,000 new housing units should be created per year, including 198,000 social housing, to respond to demographic changes and reduce poor housing.
2.42 million households were waiting for social housing at the end of 2022, including 1.63 million not already housed in the social housing stock, a figure that has never been higher. Since the end of 2022, there is no longer a national target for the production of social housing, the previous one (250,000 in 2021 and 2022 cumulatively) having been largely missed. According to a prospective study by the Banque des territoires, a subsidiary of the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC), social landlords, caught up in their renovation obligations, will be able to create much less housing in the coming decades.