Realising the right to housing – a piece by Elinor Chisholm

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Last night I spoke at the Wellington launch of CPAG‘s paper on housing, written by Alan Johnson. I focused on the right to housing, especially as it applies to the private rental market, which is where most children in poverty live:

CPAG’s paper on child poverty and housing brings together all the facts on child poverty and housing, making it clear that there are too many people who are being denied their basic rights to housing.

Our governments have ratified the right to adequate housing, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Under these, the State has an obligation to actively facilitate the full realisation of housing rights.

There are three aspects of what I think constitutes adequate housing: the right to affordable housing, the right to quality housing, and the right to secure occupancy.

The right to…

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