It takes more than four walls and a roof before you can call it home. Home is a complex word and for La Cordata it basically means our own model of social housing. Students say that they feel like they are living in one big house, hotel or hostel guests say they “feel at home”. In fact, living is what La Cordata is all about: not just the physical dimension of housing as much as what resides inside a home. La Cordata offers temporary or medium-long term housing solutions, high quality and competitive prices. But what sets us apart is that the housing offered by La Cordata has connotations of sense since the living spaces are also spaces for relationships, encounters and integration. Living is understood here as a set of dimensions, a home that must be welcoming, well cared for, lived in. Living is also people relating to other people, the neighbours and neighbourhood as well as the operators, Living is moments of conviviality, mutual support and cultural events. And there is the economic aspect of living which involves equilibrium, accessibility, participation and responsibility. All these elements contribute to creating a living space of sense which is what distinguishes all La Cordata Social Housing projects. Participative housing, residences, apartments which aim to support and develop processes of belonging, identity, relations, participation and empowerment while at the same time broadening the perspective of the residential space to those dimensions which mean housing in the true sense of living space.
Co-housing is understood by La Cordata as the sharing of a living project with both the other people who live in the place as well as with the surrounding area and the context within which it is located. Inside these co-housing projects activities and events are organised which are open to citizens, green projects like the allotment vegetable gardens or events to bring people together and further social cohesion.soc..
There are about 30 apartments in all, for the most part owned by the local authorities, but also belonging to public bodies or privately owned in Milan and the hinterland.
The social housing service provides a solution in cases of housing emergency for those who have difficulty in accessing the private market but do not have the necessary prerequisites for local authority housing
The apartments and services for emergency housing target the most vulnerable section of the population such as those who have lost their home, been evicted, or are on a list for local authority housing and have no other housing options.