Inclusive Cities for All

Pledge 20 – Utrecht

  • City: Utrecht
  • Name: Maarten Van Ooijen
  • Position: Deputy mayor of Utrecht & vice-chair of the Social Affairs Forum
  • Intro: In Utrecht we always work together with the citizens for a healthy urban living for everyone
  • Country: The Netherlands

Utrecht became the 20th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Maarten van Ooijen, who is also our vice-chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, signed a strong commitment to principle 19 on housing and assistance for the homeless.

Utrecht is committed to deliver a new strategy to prevent and combat homelessness as part of the city’s strategic approach for a Healthy Urban Living for Everyone.

Utrecht pledges to:

  • improve the quality of shelters and care by offering 24-hour shelters with tailor-made assistance by a multi-disciplinary team of experts
  • provide sustainable solutions to prevent homelessness by  identifying debts in time and offering quick assistance as well as providing continued guidance to former homeless people who found a place to live
  • invest in Housing First by creating sufficient social housing and cooperating with local and national partners in the City Deal for an Inclusive City

Utrecht’s Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Maarten van Ooijen, said: “Our goal as a human-rights city with housing as a fundamental social right is to let everybody who lives in the city have a shelter and live a normal life.”