The latest figures on social housing in Paris

The social housing stock has continued to grow in Paris, reaching a rate of 24.2% in 2021 with undelivered, already financed housing included. However the Covid-19 health crisis has weighed heavily on the amount of social housing financed and provoked a drop in the turnover rate of households.

Social housing - 123, rue de Charenton (Paris 12th) © RIVP - Christophe Demonfaucon

21.8% of SRU social housing on 1st January 2020

This note brings together the main figures on social housing in Paris: the number of social housing units, the development of the stock since 2001 in application of the SRU law, the demand for social housing and yearly social housing allocations.

The State and the City of Paris officially recorded 255,355 SRU social housing units in service in Paris on 1st January 2020: representing 21.8% of main residences ¹.

The official number of social housing units on 1st January 2021 is not yet known, but considering the social housing programme delivered in 2020 (6,600 units), it should reach 258,075 (22.0% of main residences ²).

If we add financed social housing which is under construction or undergoing renovation work, the rate of social housing reaches approximately 24.2%.

In Paris, the aim set out in article 55 of the SRU law is to reach 25% of social housing among main residences by 2025³. 

Paris thus pursues a fourfold objective: to increase the number of social housing units to reach the threshold defined by the SRU law, to distribute them better within the territory, to produce family housing that responds to the Parisian demand and to diversify the rental offer within the same building to ensure a social mix. There is indeed a need in every district of Paris and social diversity contributes to the quality of life in neighbourhoods. Today, more than 40% of social housing is concentrated in only three districts: the 13th, 19th and 20th, which each accommodates over 35,000 social housing units.

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