Project: Design and marketing of a Good management of social housing Certificate (CVS)

Funding entity: Foundation of the Rovira i Virgili University.

Coordinator: Dr. Estela Rivas Nieto.

Researchers: Dr. Núria Lambea Llop, Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar, Dr. Estela Rivas Nieto, Ms. Maria Paula Rodríguez Liévano, Dr. Maridalia Rodríguez Padilla.

UNESCO Housing Chair’s project “Design and marketing of the ‘Good management of social housing Certificate’ (CVS)” has received one of the seven grants from the URV Foundation’s Reseach to Business Programme, which aims to support the preliminary stage of introducing the knowledge and results obtained from the University’s research into the market.

The project aims to design and develop a protocol that allows for the evaluation and subsequent certification of the good management of all housing providers, including public bodies or companies or private for-profit or non-profit entities. The good management of social housing certificate (CVS) will constitute a guarantee of efficient management and a label of good-quality management. It is mainly the result of two PhD thesis outcomes (Dr. Núria Lambea with the “Proposal for a social housing management model in a European context” and Dr. Maridalia Rodríguez “Foreign investment through real estate trust to mitigate the housing deficit in the Dominican Republic”), as well as the constant work and research carried out at international and national level by the members of the UNESCO Housing Chair.

The project will be carried out throughout 2021 and will also include three pilot projects with housing providers that have already shown interest in undergoing this evaluation and certification. They are the Reus City Council, the housing public company in Tarragona SMHAUSA and the Hàbitat3 Foundation, a third sector social housing provider. These projects will help us to consolidate our certificate, in order to offer it both at a regional and at a national level.