The pillars of the social housing sector
Three pillars make up the Danish social housing sector: Non-profit, tenant's democracy and financing
- Social housing is non-profit and includes family residences, youth housing as well as elderly friendly homes, and so communities arise between very different residents and across generations. Therefore, community is a special characteristic of social housing.
- A specific characteristic in the Danish social housing model is the principle of union and tenant’s democracy. All housing organizations are managed by a tenant's democracy, where each individual housing estate elects its own tenant board at a yearly tenant meeting. The tenants have the majority in the board of the entire organization, but often representatives of the municipality have a seat.
- The National Building Foundation provides funding for renovations, development and social efforts in the existing residential areas. New dwellings are financed partly by public support and partly on normal market terms.