Everyone has a fundamental right to housing which ensures access to safe, secure, habitable and affordable housing. It is the government’s obligation to recognize this right. This right must be provided to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources. The principles that are fundamental that are of particular interest in the Country and our state are the Security of tenure-meaning protection against evictions and threats like predatory redevelopment and displacement.
Housing cost-Cost should never threaten the attainment and satisfaction of other basic needs. Up to 75% of low-income residents spend over 30% of their income on housing. Accessibility, Cultural Adequacy- redevelopment or modernization must ensure that the cultural significance of housing and community is not sacrificed.
Availability of services and location- Physical safety must be guaranteed and housing must be in a location that allows access to employment, healthcare, schools, and childcare. Additionally, Landlords are not accepting vouchers, which are legal tender. Often the vouchers are only accepted in low-income neighborhoods which negate the purpose. Low income/high poverty areas have lower-performing schools and lack of transportation which both lend to less upward mobility in Socio-Economics. Housing voucher discrimination stalls the economy and further weakens already vulnerable communities.
The right to housing is protected in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women