Housing Europe

Description of organisation: Established in 1988, Housing Europe is the European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing – a network of 43 national and regional federations which together gather about 43.000 public, social and cooperative housing providers in 23 countries. Altogether, they manage over 26 million homes, about 11% of existing dwellings in the EU.

Social, public and co-operative housing providers have a vision of a Europe which provides access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and where everyone is enabled to reach their full potential. For Housing Europe, the priority of the European Union and its member states in the field of sustainability, energy and climate in the next decade should be to develop a positive business environment for the reduction of energy consumption in the housing sector, with a specific attention paid to the affordable housing sector.


Company Details


18, Square De Meeus (3rd floor)
1050 – Ixelles, Brussels


Sorcha Edwards 

Secretary General

Sorcha is responsible for the institutional relations and the overall coordination of the Secretariat’s work. At the same time, Sorcha is the face of Housing Europe in Brussels and also makes the link between the Board and the rest of the organization’s structure. She is in charge of the Energy and Construction Committee, a group within Housing Eurpoe gathering experts from national housing federations from all across Europe.  She led the POWER HOUSE EUROPE Project, an initiative aimed at creating National and European Platforms of key stakeholders in order to promote energy efficiency and sustainable energy in housing. Sorcha also coordinated the POWER HOUSE Nearly Zero Energy Challenge project (H2020), aimed at engaging local housing organisations to share experiences and identify avoidable mistakes to meet the nearly-Zero obligations outlined in the Energy Performance of Building Directive. Sorcha speaks English (mother tongue), French, German and Spanish.

Dara Turnbull

Research Coordinator

Dara is the Research Coordinator at Housing Europe, bringing together various strands of our work. This includes the preparation of research for the Observatory, coordinating knowledge sharing with and between our members, as well as working with our Innovation & Projects manager in ensuring the successful participation of Housing Europe in a number of EU level projects. An economist by training, Dara also brings five years of expertise in the area of finance to bear on analysis of issues concerning the financing of social housing and of national and EU funding schemes related to the provision of non-market housing solutions.

Abderrahim Khairi

Membership and Events Coordinator

Abderrahim is the Membership and Events Coordinator of Housing Europe, focusing on membership engagement, expansion of the Housing Europe family and ensuring that public, cooperative and social housing providers make the most out of being a part of a rich Pan-European network. In addition to that, he is also coordinating the organisation of internal and external events of the Federation. Abderrahim speaks no less than five languages – Italian, Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

João Gonçalve

Innovation and Project Manager

João coordinates Housing Europe’s participation in partnerships and projects with the aim to, on one hand, influence innovation policy at EU level and, on the other hand, provide input and facilitate exchange for the social, cooperative and public housing sector on its social and technical innovation path. João also leads the delivery of Housing Europe’s innovation strategy.

An urban planner by training, João brings in more than 10 years project management experience in a diversity of organisations including a university, a consultancy and a business association.