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Housing is a fundamental right: it is essential to live safely and with dignity, as well as to be able freely to develop one’s personality. Its violation puts at hazard physical and mental integrity. Lack of decent housing affects health and the environment, for individuals and collectively, while impairing the right to proper education, professional evolution and even involvement in public life. So it’s no surprise that a guaranteed right to housing appears to be linked to an inclusive, sustainable and democratically managed urban environment—or, to put it another way, to ‘the right to the city’.

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