A social housing complex with 400 beds was inaugurated this morning in the Turin district of Borgo Filadelfia. The redevelopment of the former MOI Village will provide future residents with modern and accessible housing, with a wealth of personal services.
The ribbon was cut as the traditional inauguration this morning, following the redevelopment of seven buildings in the former MOI Olympic Village in Turin.
A social housing residential complex, aimed mainly at temporary accommodation at discounted rates for students and young workers.
Also in attendance at the inauguration was Francesco Profumo, President of the Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, one of the Turin bank-based foundations promoting the initiative.
Today’s inauguration has taken place to follow the conclusion of the MOI-Migranti un’Opportunità di Inclusione (“Migrants for an Opportunity of Inclusion”) project, promoted by the Municipality of Turin, the Piedmont Region, the Prefecture of Turin, the Diocese of Turin, the Metropolitan City of Turin and the Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, which has offered opportunities for autonomy in housing and work to over 800 people who used to squat in those spaces, making it possible to start the redevelopment process.
As a result of the synergistic work between the institutions and the decisive contribution of the Piedmont Sustainable Living Fund and the Fondazioni Compagnia di San Paolo, the City has therefore inaugurated today an important urban regeneration project that returns a valuable residential space and contributes to its strengthening as a university city.
“The MOI buildings, the largest such complex in Europe, began to be used as a squat in 2013. In 2017, when we launched the interinstitutional MOI – Migranti un’Opportunità di Inclusione project, over 1000 people lived in the complex. We intended to address the emergency housing and work circumstances of the squatters, to provide them with pathways for autonomy in their lives and genuine employabillity, and to make it possible to gradually restore the buildings by looking into possible uses for urban and social redevelopment. From 2017 to 2019, over 800 people were transferred to reception facilities; during the entire project, 533 employment contracts and 753 training and job orientation courses were provided. More than 30 third sector and civil society bodies collaborated on the project. In 2019, work on the construction site began to repurpose the buildings for social housing, aimed most of all at students and young workers, with a total of 388 beds. These days, the MOI buildings form part of a broader context of redevelopment in the area, returning this neighbourhood in the city to its citizens and to the organisations that work there. Urban and social regeneration shows how an intervention aimed at overcoming a critical situation can transform into opportunities for everyone involved and become a driving force for greater cohesion in the local area”,
stated the President of the Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo – one of the Turin bank-based foundations promoting the initiative – during the event.
In addition to President Profumo, the following were also in attendance at the event: Alberto Cirio, President of the Piedmont Region; Stefano Lo Russo, Mayor of Turin; Giancarlo Scotti, CEO of CDP Real Asset Sgr; Paolo Boleso, Head of Residential and Social Infrastructure at InvestiRE SGR.
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