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US homelessness increases for the first time since recession

A federal study has found that the number of homeless people in the United States has increased this year for the first time since the Great Recession. On a single night this year, 553,742 people were homeless, 0.7% more than last year. African Americans comprise more than one-third of the homeless population. Median hourly wages…

Canada’s recognition of Right to Housing ‘historic’: UN

The United Nations has hailed Canada’s decision to recognise housing as a fundamental right after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the new housing strategy; it involves establishing up to 100,000 affordable housing units. Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, said this step, and Canada’s “intention to recognise” the right to…

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Ramblings about the Maximum City Guest Blog by special invitation

Changing physical spaces has an undeniable impact on the socio-cultural fabric of neighbourhoods. In this piece senior journalist, communications professional and author Ketan Vaidya, shares his experiences of growing up in Dadar and watching it change during the 90s.   Dadar- The syncretic neighborhood that I grew up in, taught me many life lessons that…

India’s Housing Crisis: How the Poor Always Get a Raw Deal

For activists and human rights defenders, engaging with issues of settlements, housing and eviction, has always posed a challenge. While there may be an understandable revulsion to the increasing brutality and violence with which most local authorities have been carrying out demolitions or evacuations, the sense of entitlement in the middle and professional classes fails…

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Destruction in the Name of Development

On October 28, 2017 in a spectacular, display of force and violence, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) started a brutal and questionably legal, demolition drive destroying buildings standing for 40 years now. Activists and students defending them were brutally hurt. We spoke to Annie Raja, leading political activist and general secretary of the NFIW (National Federation…

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