A roof over every head: 100 years of the Dutch Housing Act

Social housing
Social housing in Hoek van Holland (©Edo Dijkgraaf/Flickr)

The purpose of the Dutch Housing Act was to provide safe and affordable housing for everybody. This resulted in a number of monuments of social housing. In the programme, Michele Ernsting reports on how the act, despite its limitations, has shaped many aspects of Dutch life and how, one hundred years on, there is talk of a new housing act to reflect changes in Dutch society.

Producer: Michele Ernsting

Broadcast: August 24, 2001