The COVID-19 pandemic has not only brought on a global healthcare crisis, but also exacerbated poverty issues around the world. The World Bank has warned that 60 million people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty due to the virus, while the UN highlights how women are disproportionately affected by its economic fallout. Progress against poverty is now expected to stall by as much as a decade, leaving countless individuals without access to affordable housing – a basic human right.
Chief among these issues is the rampant problem of homelessness. High living costs and lack of space means that housing was already a grave concern for millions of people worldwide, but the pandemic has made a difficult situation even harder –in the developing world but also in wealthy countries like the U.S. and the UK. To ensure millions of people don’t fall through the gaps in a system rigged against them, governments around the globe must institute policies aimed at alleviating the current impacts of the crisis and future-proofing their citizens against further shocks.
By Timothy Larkin, please read the full article at International Policy Digest.