Housing incentive

There is currently a shortage on the Dutch housing market. Demand for housing has risen sharply, while housing construction has lagged behind. The shortage of affordable housing is particularly acute in urban regions.

It is important that everyone in the Netherlands can live pleasantly. Pleasant living means that there are enough homes for every budget and every stage of life. Homes that match the housing requirements in terms of size, price, location and living environment. Central government is helping and encouraging provinces, municipalities, housing associations and developers with various tools to speed up housing construction.

Housing construction target

The aim is to add 75,000 homes to the stock each year. Housing construction is expected to come under pressure over the next few years. This is due to a variety of factors such as faster population growth, decline in the number of building permits granted, the nitrogen crisis and the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Affordable housing for starters and middle-income earners

As part of the housing incentive, the government is making 1 billion euros available for the construction of thousands of affordable homes for starters and middle-income earners, in regions where scarcity is greatest. Municipalities can use the housing incentive to accelerate construction, increase the number of new homes in a project or increase the affordability of those homes for starters and middle-income earners. In a region, applications can be submitted only by a municipality. A municipality can submit an effective application in consultation with the region and by involving market parties.


Municipalities can submit applications for a contribution from the housing incentive from 1 July 2020. The minister will submit all applications to an external independent assessment committee. All application documents can be found on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Dutch).