Housing and Social Protection for all to End Homelessness

Homelessness is one of the most evident illustration of poverty and social exclusion occurring in all countries and cities, threatening the health and life of people experiencing it. It is a violation of human rights, which should not be tolerated. People becoming homeless do not only lose their houses but are also uprooted from their family and social connections. They are prevented from accessing health and mental care, as well as from having access to education and job opportunities. This often makes it even more difficult to find and keep a new house.

The immediate cause of homelessness is often a specific circumstance in people’s life, but homelessness always has structural drivers. These drivers include poverty, shortage of affordable housing, lack of access to social protection, discrimination and social exclusion, privatization of public services, call for a coordinated and cross-sectoral framework of actions.

Governments, in partnership with all other stakeholders, are called upon to implement long-term solutions, including the provision of adequate housing, social protection policies and measures, and comprehensive and evidence-based national strategies to prevent and address homelessness.

UNDESA and UN-Habitat are organizing an event on Monday 12 October at 10am to celebrate the World Homelessness Day 2020. Click here for more information.

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