Housing is central to people’s lives, health, dignity, safety, and their neighbourhoods. Housing also contributes significantly to social solidarity, environmental sustainability, and economic stability. In the 21st century, the governance, land and finance systems that influence the delivery and consumption of housing have been beset by numerous crises. Emanating from climate change, unguided investment flows, and most recently, a global pandemic, these crises have had profound consequences for the people and the planet.

Policymakers have the responsibility to shape more resilient housing systems and ensure that decent homes and neighbourhoods are affordable, safe and accessible, thereby implementing the SDGs by 2030, meeting the Paris Agreement climate goals and realising the Right to Adequate Housing. Progress can be accelerated with high level support and long-term commitment. Governments can drive action to address housing and related concerns, supported by capable and dedicated policy designers, experts and informed advocates.

#Housing2030 offers key policy stakeholders, such as housing ministers and mayors, the tools to shape more inclusive and sustainable housing systems, together with the households and communities they serve. To provide focus to and momentum for housing policy reforms, and meet the SDGs by 2030, #Housing2030 report makes the following recommendations:

Put people at the centre when developing, formulating, and implementing tools, policies and programmes;
Ensure high level government commitment to having affordable, healthy and climate-neutral housing and living environments as a central pillar of urban policy;
Integrate, coordinate and monitor relevant policy efforts;
Enable the exchange of progress at regular international meetings of housing and urban ministers and mayors;
Apply evidence-based, multi-stakeholder planning processes combining local and national “housing needs assessments” with feasible development and required investment plans;
Ensure balanced and fair tenant-landlord relations, committed to security of tenure, fair rent setting and indexing, and ensure adequate quality standards;
Support appropriately regulated models of housing provision which are resident focused and committed to affordable, inclusive and climate-neutral housing;
Exchange best practices in affordable housing governance, with resident involvement, through industry development and training.