Apply as a Lighthouse District

Welcome to the RENOVATION helpdesk.


Would you like to know more about how to…

attract private investment to fund renovation?

enable people with different backgrounds to thrive together and feel empowered?

accommodate tenants during the renovations?

avoid that all the renovation expenses weigh solely on the owner?

ensure your project is financially sound and sustainable?

standardise renovation solutions?

another renovation-related question that you are faced with?

Local authorities, SMEs and social, affordable, public, or co-operative housing providers can now apply again for support after the successful first editions of the Renovation Helpdesk that took place in June 2023 during the International Social Housing Festival in Barcelona and the Affordable Housing Initiative Summit in Paris, in September at the Affordable Housing Initiative Bootcamp and online.

You can now apply for a one-hour consultation with an expert online (at any time) or in Brussels during the European Affordable Housing Consortium Final Event in February 2024.

Click here to apply: 

Only municipalities, public, social, or cooperative housing owners and/or providers or a small or medium size companies are eligible to receive the support. Applicants must also be resident or have an office in one of the countries of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova.

Any questions or issues about the call can be addressed to Margherita Marinelli at 

In the past editions, participants had the opportunity to present their district renovation project and to receive tailored support from an attentively selected European expert during a one-hour meeting. 

The first edition of the Renovation Helpdesk at the International Social Housing Festival in Barcelona in June 2023


the meeting between Paris Habitat and VšĮ Atnaujinkime miestą in Vienna, September 2023


So far, 14 Lighthouse Districts under the Affordable Housing Initiative have participated in the programme: