Community Symposium with Leilani Farha Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on the Right to Adequate Housing

 
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08/13/2019 - 11:45pm
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Community Symposium with Leilani Farha Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on the Right to Adequate Housing
WHEN: Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 11:45 am
WHERE: Point Loma / Harvey Library
Marla Haas Community Room
3701 Voltaire Street San Diego, CA 92107

Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context

The right to housing is not just a rallying cry. It, like human rights more generally, offers concrete standards that can be implemented and measured for progress. The results can be transformative and can shift us away from charity toward social justice.
The right to adequate housing

Housing is the basis of stability and security for an individual or family. The centre of our social, emotional and sometimes economic lives, a home should be a sanctuary; a place to live in peace, security and dignity.

Increasingly viewed as a commodity, housing is most importantly a human right. Under international law, to be adequately housed means having secure tenure – not having to worry about being evicted or having your home or lands taken away. It means living somewhere that is in keeping with your culture, and having access to appropriate services, schools, and employment.

Too often violations of the right to housing occur with impunity. In part, this is because at the domestic level housing is rarely treated as a human right. The key to ensuring adequate housing is the implementation of this human right through appropriate government policy and programmes, including national housing strategies.