On 27 November 2014, a conference on housing as a national priority was held at the Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law. A comprehensive policy paper on the advancement of affordable housing in Israel was presented at the conference. Members of Knesset, representatives of government ministries, representatives of local authorities, financial institutions, developers, academics and organizations active in this field took part in the conference. The conference included two panel discussions. The first panel addressed the question of “Who can afford affordable housing?: What the government has done in this area and what more needs to be done.” Panel participants: MK Boaz Toporovsky, Yesh Atid, member of the Knesset Finance Committee Ms. Maayan Nesher, Housing Coordinator in the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance Mr. Nethanel Reicher, senior head of the Division for Strategic Planning and Policy at the Ministry of Construction and Housing Ms. Hedva Finish, assistant head of the Unit for Strategic Planning, City of Tel Aviv-Yafo Adv. Gil Gan Mor, head of the Housing Department of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. The second panel addressed the question: “Can affordable housing be profitable?: What can and should be done to encourage the private sector to enter the field.” Panel participants: Mr. Uzi Levy, CEO of Apartment For Rent – The Governmental Company for Rental Housing, Inc. Ms. Clara Tzabergil, head of the construction and real estate sector, Bank Hapoalim Mr. Hanan Mor, chairman and founder of the Hanan Mor Real Estate Group Ms. Daniela Paz Erez, CEO of the Paz Economy and Engineering consulting firm Ms. Ella Alkalai, assistant head of business development, IBI Ms. Orna Angel, architect and expert in sustainability as a management strategy.
To download the presentation made by Arch Yoav Weinberg, head of the Affordable Housing Program (Hebrew)