The HomeLab – ‘lntegrated Housing and Labour Services in the Social Rental Enterprise Model’ – is a project funded by European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion under „Employment and Social Innovation” (EaSI) programme.
The Social Rental Enterprise (SRE) model is based on the integration of two major social services: housing and employment. lt aims to provide adequate and sustainable housing tenure and solid labour market integration options for vulnerable people, and to facilitate labour mobility for low income persons whose main obstacle of labour market integration is the lack of affordable and acceptable housing solutions near well-functioning job markets. SRE is based on the assumption that housing and employment problems have to be tackled simultaneously in order to empower people, to enable them to maintain their homes and have adequate income. SRE offers an institutionalized model of integration, which moves beyond but also able to cooperate with the more usual practice of integration of these services in the framework of area-based programmes. The SRE also expands the usual concept of social housing, by integrating different forms of social housing provisions, such as the private rental market as an important source of affordable housing provision.
In the project five pilot projects will be implemented in 4 countries (CZ, HU, PL, SK) accompanied by evaluation and policy recommendations.