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Startblok is managed by its own residents! In total, about 10% of all tenants are involved in keeping the project running! Which jobs are there?

Social Management

Group managers

Per living group, two Group Managers are chosen (one status-holder and one Dutch youngster). These tenants make sure that everyone in the living group respects the house rules. But most importantly, they make sure everybody feels at home and that there is a pleasant atmosphere in the group! Group Managers receive a small monthly discount on their rent in exchange for their work.

Did you know? The Dutch version of the term Group Manager at Startblok is ‘gangmaker’, this is the Dutch word for a person that is always actively involved in a group, and makes sure the atmosphere is at its best by organizing activities and making sure everybody is having fun. That’s why we thought this would be the perfect name for this job!

Social managers

Five tenants are the Social Managers at Startblok. Their job is to take care of the entire social management. They support the Group Managers and take care of all aspects regarding hygiene, safety and liveability. Again, most important is creating social cohesion and a good atmosphere amongst tenants! Together with the general management they form the Self-management Team that arranges all daily affairs at Startblok.

General Management

Administration Manager (Beheerder huurzaken in Dutch)

Gijs and Jasmine works as the rental managers at Startblok Riekerhaven. In addition to rental matters, Gijs manages the terrain team and Jasmine manages the PR and communication.

Terrain Team

The Grounds Team makes sure the outside areas are kept clean and tidy. This also includes landscape maintenance. This team is controlled by Gijs.

Project Coordinator De Key

Arnold Hooiveld is the Project Coordinator from De Key and he supports and coordinates the Self-management Team. He also works together with the Municipality of Amsterdam, our good neighbours and all other partners. You can reach him by e-mail:

Our team

Arnold Hooiveld

Project Coordinator


Beheerder huurzaken


Community builder


Community builder


Community builder


Community builder

Jesse van Geldrop

Project Coordinator

Ton Laanstra


“The most important aspect of Startblok is that youngsters with different histories, knowledge and talents are brought together with the same goal: creating a good place to live and where you can personally grow.”

Maartje (25), panel member