The global movement to secure the human right to housing

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THE SHIFT recognizes housing as a human right, not a commodity or an extractive industry. The Shift restores the understanding of housing as home, challenging the ways financial actors undermine the right to housing. Using a human rights framework, The Shift provokes action to end homelessness, unaffordability, and evictions globally.

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What we Do

 Generate and amplify a global conversation on the right to housing.

 Expose, through research and publications, how the over commodification of housing erodes the right to housing. 

 Support governments to implement human rights-based housing strategies and end homelessness. 

 Encourage States to regulate the impact of the private market on housing in line with human rights obligations.

 Support local and region Shift initiatives, events and campaigns. 


The Shift is led by Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, in partnership with United Cities Local Government and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

What We Believe

 Housing is not a commodity, it’s a human right. 

 Housing is a vehicle for equality, dignity, and inclusive community. 

 States are accountable for the implementation of the right to housing and have a legal obligation to regulate financial actors who undermine this right. 

 Forced Evictions are a gross violation of human rights. 

 Homelessness is not the result of individual failure, but is the failur of governments to implement the right to housing effectively.

 An unregulated private market cannot be relied upon to ensure adequate housing for vulnerable groups. 

“In almost every single country, in every region, in cities and towns across the globe, we are experiencing a human rights crisis – the housing crisis. And something needs to change. It’s time to reclaim the #Right2Housing. It’s time to Make the Shift.”



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If you want to help make the shift, you can follow us on social media, and use the hashtag #maketheshift when promoting your right to housing events and statements.

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