COVID-19

The Shift is the global movement to secure the right to housing, and housing has quickly become the front line of defence against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Global Director and former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, says housing has “rarely been more of a life or death situation.”

Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic need to incorporate the right to housing and particularly consider the impact on precariously housed persons who cannot just ‘stay home’.

Protecting housing from financialization & building back better

Protecting housing from financialization & building back better

Global Director of The Shift and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha shares her recommendations for governments to protect the right to adequate housing from financialization in order to build back better after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Download the Guidance Note for Protecting Housing from Financialization & Building Back Better...
Protecting renters and mortgage payers

Protecting renters and mortgage payers

 Global Director of The Shift and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha shares her recommendations for governments to protect the right to adequate housing for renters and mortgage payers as part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Download the Guidance Note for Protecting Renters and Mortgage Payers...
Protecting residents of informal settlements

Protecting residents of informal settlements

 Global Director of The Shift and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha shares her recommendations for governments to protect the right to adequate housing for persons living in informal settlements as part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Download the Guidance Note for Protecting Residents of Informal...
Protection for those living in homelessness

Protection for those living in homelessness

 Global Director of The Shift and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha shares her recommendations for governments to protect the Right to Adequate Housing for persons living in homelessness as part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Download the Guidance Note Protection for those living in Homelessness...
Prohibition on evictions

Prohibition on evictions

Global Director of The Shift and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha shares her recommendations for governments to protect the right to adequate housing by prohibiting evictions as part of their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Download the Guidance Note for Prohibiting Evictions below.