The Shift is a new worldwide movement to reclaim and realize the fundamental human right to housing – to move away from housing as a place to park excess capital, to housing as a place to live in dignity, to raise families and participate in community.

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

It brings together civil society, all levels of government, multilateral institutions, national human rights institutions, academia, philanthropists, artists, the private sector, and grassroots movements, and represents the interests of the individuals, families, communities, slum dwellers, and neighbourhood associations who understand and live the deep connections between housing, home and well-being.

The Shift calls for a change in the way we think and interact with housing and home. The Shift:

  • sees housing as a human right not a commodity
  • affirms housing as a vehicle for equality, dignity and inclusive community, rather than for inequality and the concentration of wealth
  • rejects forced evictions and displacement especially where they occur without the exploration of alternatives, without consultation and without provision of adequate alternative housing as defined in international human rights law
  • understands homelessness as a systemic failure to effectively and fully implement the right to housing and rejects the criminalization of homelessness
  • affirms the social function of housing and land and supports the agency of individuals to hold governments accountable so that their right to housing can be realized

More about the Shift here!