Voidstarter aims to create new homes by turning empty social housing units into temporary learning spaces and entrepreneurship labs.
All of Europe’s major cities have ‘voids’ which are units of social housing that are empty because city councils have insufficient budgets to make them into viable homes. Cities also experience pressures with social housing provision and homelessness. Voidstarter aims to convert these “voids” into temporary learning spaces and entrepreneurship labs that provide unemployed people (including young people not in education, training or employment) with new skills and capacity while bringing the voids back into use for homeless people. The aim of the entrepreneurship labs will be to mobilise new entrepreneurs, develop skills, confidence and job opportunities, while breathing new life into neighbourhoods.
This innovation was one of the winners of the European Social Innovation Competition 2014 run by the European Commission with support from Nesta.