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|As the Right to housing for the most vulnerable
populations is non existent, so is the possibility for all to live in a
decent and healthy environment (notably for the poor, unemployed, immigrants,
youth, elderly, singles and single parents, large families, disabled, minorities,
etc.). Europe has 60 million people living in poverty, between 15 and 18
million people are poorly housed or living in slums, 3 millions are homeless
and hundreds of millions of evictions take place every year while millions
of houses are vacant. Meanwhile, the budgets for housing are steadily decreasing.
The governments of European countries have
accelerated the deregulation of markets and abandoned their policies to
protect tenants and low income populations:
These policies contradict :
It is time for residents to speak up and claim the right to live decently in all the city neighbourhoods.
Asssociations call for international mobilization to urge the European Ministers of Housing to create new policies, at the national and european level, and to build a social Europe.
The European Meeting for the Right to Housing, which has taken place in Paris while the European Ministers of housing held their summit, was organized in the frame of the grassroot urban strategies, as a follow up of Local Heroes 21 (Berlin,July 3-6, 2000) and in preparation of the World Assembly of Residents (Mexico, October 2-6, 2000).
For further information : www.habitants.org
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