What is Social Housing?
Lexical meaning of social housing in dictionary is “houses and flats that are built by local government or by any other organizations that is non profit making, and that are rented or sold to people who have low incomes.” When we hear “social housing” firstly we think about houses that are built for low incomes people. "Social Housing" has a negative connotation in people’s mind.Considering social housing projects, it is often seen as a project that wants to build a large number of units with cheap materials and minimal concern for the quality of life of its residents. Most of the time, unlike a project that serves the city and its people, social housing projects are designed for monetary reasons. When we hear about the concept of social housing, we think of structures that satisfy the condition of being just a shelter and where the minimum level is sufficient in terms of the constructed buildings.
However, it is not correct to try reducing the definition of social housing to the dictionary definition. Social housing affects many factors from long term urban planning to the social and cultural structure of the region where social housing projects are being made. The concept of social housing should be addressed by considering a holistic process, including urban planning, and taking into account its contribution to the social group it will serve. Housing is primarily the most basic physical space where people are in a relationship with life. This is so regardless of whether they are called "social" or not. While social housing is being planning, not only the need for shelter should be considered, but also factors that directly affect human life such as the culture of the targeted social crowd of people, social relationships, and life habits should be taken into account too. At the same time, considering the environment of the houses to be built, their compatibility with the targeted social crowd of people in many issues should be taken into consideration while building social housing. One of the factors that make up a healthy society is neighbourhood relations, which are not really considered in the age we live today. The suitability of social housing with the targeted social crowd and its environment is consequently important.
Social Housing does not always have to be built as buildings that are consisting of apartment sites where people live. It can be made as a single storey building in a region within the scope of a governmental institution or housing help, as settlements that are not very close to each other. According to social housing project, reinforced concrete houses or prefabricated, container houses that can be built in a shorter time with an easier and more affordable cost can be built.
With their production quality, fast production technology, especially fast and easy transportation. Karmod ready houses have the feature of being installed in a very short time in the region where they will be used. As Karmod, we have contributed to social housing activities in Bayburt province, different villages of Giresun Alucra and across Africa.