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A radio interview with Prof. Neta Ziv in Kan - 'Only one question' show hosted by Peer Li Shachar following the launch of the IAHC Affordable Housing Index


An in-depth article analyzing the law proposal being promoted by the IAHC and an open letter published by leading experts in the field pointing out the changes that need to be made. 


A tv interview in "6 economic" show hosted by Dov Gil Har and Keren Ozen following the launch of the IAHC Affordable Housing Index


A radio interview with Sebastian Wallerstein in Kan - 'Only one question' show hosted by Peer Li Shachar following the launch of the IAHC Affordable Housing Index


A radio interview in Galei Tzahal show hosted by Rino Tzror following the launch of the IAHC Affordable Housing Index


The Israel Affordable Housing Center (IAHC at Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Law has launched the IAHC Affordable Housing Index – the first of its kind in Israel, offering a new and reliable way to examine whether the actions of the government and local authorities are in fact producing affordable housing.

"Ever since the social justice protest of 2011, everyone has been talking about affordable housing," says Sebastian Wallerstein, Director of the Israel Affordable Housing Center. "But this has become an empty concept, because it has no clear definition or criteria. It's not surprising that the public feels confused. The law itself does not properly define affordable housing - so government programs are initiated without well-defined goals. A look at what goes on in the world in this area reveals that things can be done quite differently. In Israel apartments rented at market prices are considered affordable housing, small apartments are considered affordable housing, and so is any discount from market prices – even if the price remains high compared to the average income. So the question inevitably arises: affordable for whom?"


The Israel Affordable Housing Center at Tel Aviv University launches a first-of-its-kind Affordable Housing Index

The 'Price for the Dweller' program (Mechir Lamishtaken) does not create affordable housing in high-demand areas and in most of Israel's big cities

Of Israel's 14 large cities, Ashkelon, Haifa & Beersheba are the only ones where the program offers prices affordable for middle-income households

40% of the apartments marketed today through the government's 'Price for the Dweller' (Mechir Lamishtaken) program are offered at prices unaffordable for middle to low income households

"When the level of income is not taken into account, there is no way of ensuring that the apartments will ultimately be owned by the program's target population, rather than high-income populations."


IAHC position following the approval (1st. call) of the law proposal to amend the Planning and Construction Law regarding the affordable housing definition  


IAHC position on the new proposed tax benefits encouraging rental housing reveals weakness regarding long term affordable housing


An article covering the release of a new research of the AHC focusing on a comparative research of different city  rental markets 


An Important amendment to the Planning and Construction Law promoted by the IAHC together with MK Roey Folkman will for the first time allow local governments to create new affordable housing through zoning regulations. 


Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council requires to present the full affordable housing plan proposed for Sde Dov as a condition to approve the plan. 


According to current regulations urban renewal projects will not create new affordable housing units. Data gathered by the IAHC shows that existing apartment buildings included in urban renewal projects house a significant share of renters, but current policies don't provide any solution for those renters facing direct displacement due to Raze and Rebuild projects.  


Will the new Sde Dov neighborhood contribute to the rich only? Prof. Neta Ziv and Sebastian Wallerstein are interviewed about the alternative affordable housing plan the IAHC formulated to challenge the plan being promoted by the government.


How to implement the New York Affordable Housing program in Israel?


This is not affordable housing. 


IAHC analysis: 16000 housing units are going to be built in Sde Dov, 2 bedroom apartments will be sold by 2.5 million shekels. 


The huge plan for Sde Dov will only serve the wealthy


The finance minister is not properly dealing with the affordability crisis in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area. 


Смогут ли бедняки жить в северном Тель-Авиве


Don't build a neighborhood only for the reach in Sde Dov


There goes the neighborhood? The ugly side of gentrification in Israel


The most effective way to prevent residents from being pushed out is to create housing solutions for them, according to Sebastian Wallerstein, one of the planners who helped draft the Jaffa petition. “Ultimately, it’s a question of housing prices and the ability of the local population to continue to live in the neighborhood,” he says.


The struggle of local residents in urban renewal areas


The 'new families' vs. the real estate market 


The disappeared- gentrification and displacement in old neighborhoods in Israeli cities


The city rental agreement that will set a new standard on rental agreements in Tel Aviv 


The Ministry of Finance plan promised Affordable Housing but is not delivering any real outcomes


Affordable Housing: What Tel Aviv can learn from New York?


An article focusing on the challenges ahead to create a robust long term rental affordable housing in Israel referring to our published research on that matter. 


An article presenting the Social Congress initiative. The AHC is one of the leading participants in the Congress aimed to connect between academic research and grassroot organizations advocating for affordable housing. 


An article prepared with the support of the AHC presenting a broad review of affordable housing initiatives that failed to create real affordable housing.


An article following the conference the AHC held on Urban Planning and Housing Needs in colaboration with the Bat-Yam Municipal Urban Center.


Another article following the conference the AHC held on long-term rental housing, highlighting the fact that new units should provide an affordable solution for low and middle income housholds.


Article following the confernce held by the AHC on long term rental housing. A private developer, who won the tender for one of the first long-term rental housing projects in Israel express his concerns about the cost-effectiveness of the model apllied.  


Prof. Neta Ziv, the academic director of the Israel Affodable Housing Center interviewed by France 24 in a special edition dedicated to new stakes in Israel's upcoming elections, and the role affordable housing is playing among them.


Following th publication of the State Comptroller report on the Housing Crisis in Israel, the articles focuses on the main government failures during 2014 citing the Affordable Housing Center research on long term rental housing in Israel. 


Article following the Affordable Housing Center’s conference on housing as a national priority. Head of the Affordable HousingCenter: “The government is advancing this issue, but there is no general government policy that clearly defines goals and, in particular, there is a lack of linkage between the cost of housing and the income of the target population and there is no clear definition of the target population for affordable housing – people with middle to lower incomes."


Article following the Affordable Housing Center’s conference on housing as a national priority, at which mentioned Uzi Levy, CEO of Apartment for Rent – The Government Company for Rental Housing, stated that the rental market in Israel is unorganized and that, unlike the situation in other countries, there is no corporate rental market in this country.


The Target Price Program will mainly help the rich, at a time when there is an immediate need to define affordable housing in terms of household income, in order to provide a direct answer for the lower-to-middle income target population. Without income-testing, the Target Price program will mainly benefit high-income households.


Nethanel Reicher, head of the Community Department of the Affordable Housing Center, clarifies the relationship between assisted-living accommodations (diyur mugan) and “reasonable” housing (diyur hogan).


What factors influence institutional players in the housing market? The hesitation of institutions to enter a new field of business can be understood in light of the inherent uncertainty and risks, as well as the lack of financing and the lack of organized structures for the management of long-term rental housing and the lack of an efficient legal mechanism for the eviction of tenants who do not abide by the terms of their leases.


U.S. experts propose Israel Bonds issue to finance low-cost housing.


Management of the Affordable Housing Center: “The government is trying to encourage the development of a long-term rental market and is giving up 110 million shekels of income, but the main beneficiaries are households with incomes in the 8th and 9th deciles and above."


Article following Affordable Housing Center’s conference in the Knesset: “There are affordable-housing solutions that can be implemented in Israel".


Article following Affordable Housing Center’s conference in the Knesset: “Learn from New York. Two-thirds of the residents of New York live in rental housing, and this carries no stigma".


Article following Affordable Housing Center’s conference in the Knesset: “In the U.S., the rental market is organized, unlike in Israel".


Article following Affordable Housing Center’s conference in the Knesset: “In New York, 23.6 billion dollars were invested in affordable housing in one decade".


Discussion regarding clearing-and-construction (pinui binui) plans sponsored by the Urban Center, Bat Yam featuring the lawyer Ora Blum, head of the Affordable Housing Center.

Ora Blum, head of the Affordable Housing Center, interviewed on Moshe Negbi’s program on the Kol Yisrael radio network.


Ora Blum, head of the Affordable Housing Center, interviewed by Guy Zohar regarding the finance minister’s plan for a VAT exemption for first-time apartment buyers.

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