Affordable housing is a human right | Opening Plenary

Basic necessities such as housing need to be accessible, affordable, and available to everyone. We want to put people's daily needs in the centre and to live in a world where rent is affordable for all, getting a morgage is not an impossible dream, and everyone is able to heat or cool their homes without having to choose between that or food. And where banks can't kick you out of your house or landlords shut you out on the street.

There is enough money in the economy for everyone to live a life of dignity and freedom - as long as we stop the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few, and we move away from the old economic model that prevents investments in public services to cover people's basic needs. If we don't deal with the cost of living crisis in a way that is fair for all, not only will people continue to suffer, but the far right will find it easier to spread hate, fear and racism across Europe.

In this session we will gather experts on the right to housing and discuss how we can make sure that everyone has the chance to live in a safe, warm, nice, AFFORDABLE home.

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Leilani Farha
Global Director at The Shift

Ruth Owen
Deputy Director at FEANTSA

Valeria Racu
Organiser at Sindicato de Inquilinas e Inquilinos de Madrid

Kim Van Sparrentak
Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group, Netherlands

Marie Toussaint
Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Group, France