As part of its partnership with NAHRO, INTA organized an international meeting on the theme "Why affordable housing matters?" during the 2014 NAHRO National Conference in Baltimore, MD, USA.
This short session allow comparing and exchanging about innovation in social housing for increased social cohesion. Innovation could be technical or managerial. There are appropriate mechanisms to ensure the intergenerational links, decent and affordable housing, and reduce the cost of housing in energy efficient buildings. Examples from other continents and countries (France, Pays Bas, South Africa, Canada et USA) triggered the debate on how housing associations can shift from housing management to community service management allowing economic efficiency and better community involvement through social innovation.