Startblok is a housing project for young refugees who have recently received their residence permit (status-holders) and for young persons from the Netherlands. In cooperation with Socius Wonen and the Municipality of Amsterdam, housing organisation De Key is developing Startblok at Riekerhaven, a former sports-grounds next to the A10 highway in Amsterdam New West. Here at Startblok these youngsters will get the opportunity to help each other in building their futures together.
The goal of Startblok is not only to house youngsters, but mainly to provide a good start in Amsterdam for everybody, whether they are from around or fled their country. Startblok will be a place for everyone between the ages of 18 to 28 to start building and preparing for a future together.
All the residents have their own life stories, experiences and cultural backgrounds. At Startblok, they see this diversity as a unique opportunity for personal development. They can all learn from each other’s view of the world, customs and ways of communicating.