Housing is a basic human need. Good housing standards and intact towns and cities are of crucial importance for the quality of life of individuals. In addition, they make a significant contribution to a good social climate in our society.
The important task of ensuring that the housing markets are functional falls upon the state. In the federal system within the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Government, federal states and local authorities are responsible for housing policy. The Federal Government's tasks include structuring the general conditions for the housing market and assistance system plus participation in promotional instrument funding together with the federal states and local authorities.