Welcome to a deep dive into the intricate world of Dutch housing associations, owning a staggering 2.4 million housing units. These non-profit organizations operate under a unique mandate outlined in the Housing Act and the Social Rented Sector Management Decree, putting housing at the forefront of their mission.

In the last decade, Dutch housing associations have undergone a transformative shift, pivoting towards a more performance-oriented approach. With the withdrawal of direct financial support in 1995, these associations must now navigate the challenges of achieving returns on investments to fuel future endeavors in new developments and urban renewal.

Transparency within market

What makes this shift crucial is its impact on transparency within the market. The lack of information on investment performance has been a stumbling block, hindering not just stakeholders but also the associations themselves. Transparency isn't just a buzzword; it's a key driver for well-informed decision-making.

Balancing social and financial

The struggle lies in balancing social objectives and financial constraints. The measurement of financial consequences is well-established, but the estimation of social consequences lacks a universal methodology, especially comparing objectives that have different measures. How to weight the trade-off of an additional affordable house versus enhanced livability?

Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)

The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) methodology helps to set priorities for different objectives. It doesn’t matter how diverse your objectives are. Commitment to lower-income groups, addressing special needs, resolving damp and mold issues, advancing your decarbonization plan, or investing in neighborhoods and ensuring customer satisfaction. The AHP helps to quantify these objectives in the same way and set weights for every objective.

Learn more

Join us as we unfold a theoretical example, explore a real-life case, and conclude with insights that bridge the gap between social responsibility and financial prudence in housing associations. Download the white paper Comparing (social) objectives for decision-making in housing association.


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