Municipal Housing Councils

The Municipal Housing Councils aim at developing proposals for decent housing conditions for low-income population, and therefore contribute to social inclusion - in accordance with the Federal Constitution, the Statute of the City, the National Social Housing Policy and the National Fund for Social Housing. The discussion and elaboration of proposals is done through a participatory and democratic process, with the representation of various segments of society. The councils should include both public and private entities, as well as members of society connected to the area of housing. Each sector can elect their representatives in the council. A quarter of the seats are designated to representatives of popular movements. The councils are present in several municipalities, such as in Diadema (São Paulo), since 1993; Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), since 1993; and Santo André (São Paulo), since 1999.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
civil society  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation

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