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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Jana Haidar

Housing Monitor Coordinator and Casework Manager

Jana is an architect and urban researcher. She completed her MA in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Lebanese University and has been working on projects covering the topics of national urban planning practices, housing policies and displacement, urban transformation, and history. She is also the creator of Beirut Architecture Tours that explores the urban planning history of Beirut.


Abir Saksouk

Co-Director and Head of Research Department

Abir graduated as an architect in 2005, and later did her masters in Urban Development Planning. She is the co-founder of Public Works Studio. Her primary focus includes urbanism and law, property and shared space, and the right to the city of marginalized communities. She is active in exploring how local organizing could be employed in actively shaping the future of cities. Abir is also a member of the Legal Agenda and a co-founder of Dictaphone Group. 

Bob Knoester

Zeina Jaber

Hanadi Shmeit


Nadine Bekdache

Co-director and Head of Communication and Design Unit

Nadine is a practicing designer and urbanist, and co-founder of Public Works Studio. She researches socio-spatial phenomena through multidisciplinary methods; including mapping, imagery and film as both processes of investigation and representation. As part of her research on urban displacement, she authored “Evicting Sovereignty: Lebanon’s Housing Tenants from Citizens to Obstacles”, and co-directed “Beyhum Street: Mapping Place Narratives”. Nadine is also a graphic design instructor at the Lebanese University.

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