Public discussion on rents, affordability and poverty

  • Housing, affordability and poverty are becoming more pressing issues, with increasing signs that Malta’s economy is growing asymmetrically. As a result, many families are being marginalised and impoverished because they cannot afford appropriate housing that allows them to live with dignity. This is not only true for vulnerable family units, but also for young couples planning to form new families.

    Catholic Voices Malta is organising its first public seminar on this topic and will focus on the effect the rapid rise in housing prices is having on social cohesion, social justice and families in Malta.

    During the event, ARQ Group will launch a study of the rental market and the impact on various income groups, taking into account a number of economic factors. A number of experts in the sector will then respond to this study, after which the discussion will be open to the floor.

    The experts include:

    • Mr Joseph Bartolo, Alleanza Kontra il-Faqar
    • Mr Simon Debono, Secretary General, Federation of Estate Agents
    • Mr Anthony Gatt, Director of Caritas Director
    • Mr Leonid McKay, CEO Housing Authority
    • Architect Simone Vella Lenicker, Vice President of Kamra tal-Periti


    Parliamentary Secretary for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes will also be present for the colloquium and participate in the debate.

    Date:   Saturday 18th November 2018
    Time:   9.30 – 11.30 a.m.
    Venue: St Aloysius College VI Form, Triq il-Kullegg, Birkirkara

    This public discussion is open to the general public. Entrance is free.

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