Rooms with a future

Amsterdam , The Netherlands Local social sustainability, Organizational structures, Target groups of housing


This programme was devised by Aedes (the Dutch federation of social housign corporations) together with housing associations, educational and welfare institutions, business and government. Based on the ‘foyer’ concept, it aims at offering a solid basis for disadvantaged youth (18 to 25) with problems at home, at school or at work.

Issues tackled

The programme targets young people from 18 to 25 who cannot make it on their own and for whom a preventive approach can help guard them from dropping out of school, long-term joblessness and social exclusion. It is based on an integrated approach with four pillars: housing, learning, working and coaching.



In spring 2008 a foundation was established to run the programme, and by 2010 there were 40 existing projects (providing nearly 1.000 units) and plans are being made in many municipalities, in around 60 cities by 2014.