Today, the specter of a housing crisis looms over Lebanon in the complete absence of the priority of the right to housing from public discourse and legislation. The slogan “Stay at home” took the lead during the general mobilization that the country entered in the face of the COVID pandemic when the pace of the economic and political collapse was accelerating. However, the measures the state took to secure and protect housing in light of the crisis were not proportionate and the damage caused by the decision to mobilize and what preceded and followed it in the rise in the unemployment rate and the shrinking of incomes. In the article, we explore measures taken in ten cities around the world aimed at securing and protecting housing during the pandemic for the various social groups and how they can consolidating the right to housing as an absolute right in light of the tense living conditions.
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