The COVID-19 crisis has exposed and worsened housing challenges in many cities in OECD countries. Housing inequality – marked by differences in prices, quality, location, and accessibility – came abruptly to the fore during government-implemented lockdowns and “stay at home” measures.
At the initial peak of the crisis, cities, regions/states and national governments deployed emergency safety measures such as suspending evictions and relocating homeless populations, while some landlords suspended or cancelled rent. However, temporary measures will not solve housing inequality long-term.
This webinar explored what local and national governments can do to offer adequate and more affordable and sustainable housing for all.
Setting the scene
Moderated by Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD