Right to Housing

Part of the Institute’s four-year National Science Foundation-funded research project
Thursday, January 12, 2023

Event Description

At a time of mass homelessness, deepening tenant precarity, and the criminalization of poverty, housing justice movements are pushing for a right to housing in California. In this convening, current and former UN Special Rapporteurs on Adequate Housing provide insight and guidance on key elements of such a right, how such a right can be informed by an international human rights framework, and how such a right can become an actionable government obligation. In conversation with prominent housing justice leaders, they will take up questions such as: What does the right to housing mean for those without a right to recognized housing, notably unhoused communities?  How can the right to housing address the effects of global financialization on housing markets and housing systems? Is there a vision of social housing that can be a core part of such a right? How might the right to housing remake highly unequal relations of property and land?

Featuring UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Adequate Housing (in order of appearance):

With commentary by (in order of appearance):
  • Gary Blasi, Tenant Power Toolkit
  • Clarissa Woo Hermosillo, ACLU Southern California
  • Christina Livingston, ACCE
  • Pete White, Los Angeles Community Action Network
Chaired by:
  • Ananya Roy, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy

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