Traffic light coalition postpones plans for affordable housing


Lerato Khumalo

Non-profit housing is a central project of the traffic light coalition in the coalition agreement – and is intended to provide more affordable housing. Now it has been postponed.

The federal government has postponed the presentation of a key points paper on a new non-profit housing organization. It was actually supposed to be presented in March, but this schedule could not be met.

Now the Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Finance plan to present the paper by June 14, as a spokesman for the Ministry of Construction told t-online when asked. A corresponding letter was sent to the Construction and Budget Committee at the end of March.

The spokesman explained the reason: “Defining an effective economic and at the same time legally secure framework for a new non-profit housing organization is complex and requires extensive coordination within the federal government.”

The reintroduction of non-profit housing is one of the building blocks of the traffic light coalition’s efforts to create more socially subsidized housing. It was abolished in 1990 under the government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU), and its reintroduction has been discussed for years.

The concept: Non-profit housing companies should receive tax benefits and in return commit to offering their properties as social housing. In contrast to the current system, this would offer the possibility of permanently offering apartments as social housing. Read more about this here.

The coalition agreement of December 2021 states: “We will soon launch a new non-profit housing organization with tax incentives and investment allowances, thus generating new momentum in the construction and long-term social commitment of affordable housing.”

The key points paper is being drawn up by the Ministry of Construction under Klara Geywitz (SPD) and the Ministry of Finance under Christian Lindner (FDP). According to the spokesperson, representatives from the housing industry, trade unions, associations and federal states are also involved, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs is also involved. The aim of the key points is to “list the essential regulatory elements of the new non-profit housing system.” A corresponding draft law is to be drawn up on this basis.