Urban Matters – Affordable housing in the post-COVID era

07 Dec 2023
With Elena Szolgayova and David Orr
co-chairs of #Housing2030

Housing is not a luxury, but a basic human right. So why is it that there are still so many people who cannot afford a decent home? And is there a chance the COVID-19 pandemic might prompt our societies to take a fresh look at solving the problem?

In 2015, UNECE endorsed the Geneva UN Charter on sustainable housing, a non-binding document that aimed to help its member states to tackle the problem of affordable housing, and after decades of growing inequality there are signs that attitudes might finally be changing.

In this episode, Urban Matters host Tom Miles talks to Elena Szolgayova and David Orr, co-chairs of #Housing2030, an initiative that has designed a policy toolkit for governments to act on affordable housing. David and Elena explain why they are optimistic about a sea-change in policies affecting affordable housing.