An Ontario ruling defending those living in encampments is only a partial victory

Source: The Globe & Mail Leilani Farha is global director of The Shift, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing from 2014 to 2020 and the co-host of the bimonthly podcast, Pushback Talks. Diana Chan McNally is a front-line worker supporting homeless people. Last week, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decided that the Regional Municipality […]

The Global Housing Crisis: A Crisis Unlike Any Other

Source: Urbanet By Kirsten McRae Echoes of the same story can be heard in cities across the globe – homelessness is on the rise and the cost of housing is increasing at an alarming rate while the availability of decent housing dwindles. Kirsten McRae with recent statistics on the global housing crisis and why we […]

Gentrification isn’t behind Mexico’s housing crisis. Financialization is.

Source: Washington Post The global value of housing has surged 53% in four years, but the profits are literally at the expense of tenants.   By Leilani Farha and Fredrik Gertten Fredrik Gertten is a documentary filmmaker and Director of ‘Push’; Leilani Farha is the Global Director of The Shift and former UN Special Rapporteur […]

Letter of Concern to City of Halifax Regarding Clearing of Encampments

Homeless encampments have continued to grow in size and number across Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our work, The Shift monitors city engagement with these communities to help protect the human rights of residents and provide guidance on implementing the human rights approach to city officials. After hearing of […]