Affordable Housing From Washington, D.C., to Johannesburg
According to UN-HABITAT, by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities. To accommodate this growth, experts say we would need to build one city for a million people every week between now and 2050. Even at present levels, up to 100 million people are homeless globally.
South Africa is known for progressive housing rights policies. Their National Housing Subsidy Scheme has built homes for more than 1.5 million South Africans. However, there are waiting lists for housing subsidies, and many homes are built far from jobs and transport. As a result, people build shacks in informal settlements and risk eviction. Reporter Miriam Mokoena spoke with Liza Cossa, the Chairperson of the Landless People’s Organization in the Protea South settlement in Johannesburg.
Throughout the discussion we hear from:
Eric Tars, Human Rights Program Director the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty