Young migrants talk in a shared apartment in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, 7 December 2017 | Photo: EPA/Roman Rios
Young migrants talk in a shared apartment in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, 7 December 2017 | Photo: EPA/Roman Rios

Looking for housing in Lucca, a city in the central Italian region of Tuscany? The project "Aggiungi un posto in casa - Abitare solidale' (Add a place at home - supportive housing) might help. It connects students, migrants and the elderly who are looking for a place to live with those who offer housing.

Mayor Alessandro Tambellini and her municipal government in Lucca just approved the project. 

An agreement was signed on June 11 by city officials and 'Auser Abitare Solidale', a NGO focused on housing issues. Among the signatories was the councilor for social, youth and housing policies, Lucia Del Chiaro.

"Connecting those who have a place at home with those who are looking for one appears like a banal thing and instead can be the key to revolutionize housing policies", she said. "We have been working on this for a year and we are signing this protocol today that ratifies the official start of the project." 

After successful co-housing projects for single men and women, in the nearby towns of Santa Maria del Giudice and Ponte a Moriano, Lucca is now also offering a supportive housing project. 

Project created 11 years ago 

'Aggiungi un posto in casa - Abitare solidale' was created in 2008 by Auser Abitare Solidale to deal with housing problems for the elderly. The project later grew to include anyone in need of housing. The goal is to provide vulnerable people with a place to stay. The project has been implemented in several cities in Italy. 

Families and singles looking for housing in Lucca can contact Auser Abitare Solidale.

You can find their contact information here and their Facebook page here

 

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