Housing as a Human Right
What Does This Mean?
As human beings, we all have rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlights 30 rights that we are all entitled to.
Among these 30 human rights is the right to housing. What is the right to housing? According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of [themselves] and of [their] family…” (Canadian human rights commission, n.d.). By the very nature of this definition, the current homelessness crisis is a human rights violation.