Right to Adequate Housing for Persons with Disabilities

UN-Habitat Study on Right to Adequate Housing for Persons with Disabilities

This report takes a human rights-based approach to development of human settlements that offer equal opportunities to persons with disabilities. The report offers three case studies that highlight some good practices and topics worthy of further inquiry.

The study points to many actions States Parties can pursue, and makes some recommendations specifically for UN-Habitat.

Key points include:

·      Intersectionality and multiple discrimination need to be recognized and plans need to be developed to ensure social protection of persons with disabilities;

·      Organizations should take measures to ensure those persons with disabilities can access their services on an equal basis;

·      Violence against women and children with disabilities need to be recognized as a cause and consequence of unstable housing;

·      The lack of political will to implement recommendations is due to many factors.

·      The right to adequate housing is complex.

·      For persons with disabilities, the links to those other rights need to be understood as part of the right to adequate housing. In other words, if there is no accessible transport to/from housing that is adequate in all other elements, then that housing cannot be considered to be in fact adequate;

·      Persons with disabilities are under-estimated due to various reasons.

·      There is a need for better data (and for that data to be disaggregated).

·      In addition, data is needed on environmental barriers to adequate housing, onset of disability and cause of disability;