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.

Julien Dijol

Deputy Secretary General & Policy Coordinator

Julien coordinates the policy work of Housing Europe, monitoring all relevant political developments and drafting the position papers of the organisations. Julien coordinates the work of all Committees and makes the link between them and the day-to-day work in Brussels. Julien also represents Housing Europe in various events, delivering a wide range of presentations.

Sébastien Garnier 

Innovation and Project Manager

Sébastien has been working for almost ten years in the social and affordable housing sector. First as advisor in the Financial and Public Affairs departments of Aedes – the Dutch federation of social housing providers and its 300 members. He was later responsible for managing the European affairs for the Brussels office of Aedes during six years. During three years he was chair of the Social Affairs working committee of Housing Europe. He has been actively involved in the Housing Partnership of the EU Urban Agenda and the International Social Housing Festival. Besides his part-time function at Housing Europe, Sébastien also provides advisory services as managing director of AxHA.

Michalis Goudis

Communications Director

Michalis is responsible for the external and the internal communications of

Housing Europe. You will see him updating the website and the social media

channels, drafting press releases and Op-Eds, responding to journalists’ queries, curating the organisation’s publications and preparing the bi-weekly Housing Europe Newsletter. Michalis also coordinates the work around the various tools available to Housing Europe members.