While there have been several European projects and exchanges of know-how and good practice in the field of housing, representatives of the partner organizations of this project felt the need for focusing exclusively on local solutions from the region. This focus centred on the system, rate and availability of general social support, as well as social housing and housing subsidies in partner countries as these differ greatly from those existing in older EU member states.
The project looked at any housing solutions that work in their local contexts. These included a severe shortage of social housing and, in most of the countries examined, a lack of substantial housing allowances. It did not only want to include housing-led approaches, but also housing solutions that might be closer to the traditional staircase system.