A home is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of us all. We all need a home that is affordable, secure and safe. A home provides us with the stability we need to live our lives.
The right to a home is enshrined in article 25 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in article 11.1 of the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Dr Jessie Hohmann, an international expert on the Right to Housing, has developed a guide for civil society to explain the right to housing and how we can ensure that all of us have a safe, secure home.
We know that living without a safe, stable and affordable home has severely detrimental effects that are long lasting. The current state of housing and homelessness in Australia is impacting heavily on marginalised groups, including older women, women and children escaping domestic violence and young people.
The housing crisis and growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness demands a fairer approach to housing in this country. A rights-based approach to housing gives us the tools we need to ensure that all families and individuals have the foundation they need to thrive, and ensures a prosperous future for our country.