Social Housing Youth Innovation Project in Taipei

Launched in 2016, Social Housing Youth Innovation Project (YIP) has been practiced in four social housing in Taipei. The selected YIP teams carry out community projects that aim at facilitating resident participation, strengthening community awareness and establishing social support system in social housing neighborhoods.

Stage of the project

Idea

Starting Up

Implementation

Realised

The results of the project so far

Projects that YIP teams have brought up in the neighborhoods involve a wide range of categories, from elderly/child care, public space design, neighborhood gardening, community online platform to community service. The outcome of YIP includes the significant increase of housing quality and residents' satisfaction in social housing. Most important of all. community formed within a social mix neighborhood has contributed to enhance social capital of the residents.

What are specific, distinctive, strong elements in this project?

Realizing that social mix is the precondition of social housing neighborhoods and there are diverse housing needs should be emphasized is the main topic of implementing YIP project. Besides, it is critical that the selected teams are capable to communicate and interact with residents; moreover, they are aware that by embracing inclusiveness and diversity, a cohesive living environment can improve both individual and community well-being.

Which specific lessons, do's and don'ts would you like to share? What would be suggestions for others when preparing or implementing the project in their own city?

YIP focuses on how to activate residents in social housing, playing the role as facilitator to increase interactions among residents, there are three distinctive goals that make YIP different from other housing policy and projects: forming community network with reciprocal characteristics, stimulating a new housing culture and pursue a more creative and inclusive housing policy.

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