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Housing policies in alternative economy: Against the commodification of public services

 Introduction:

Housing policies in any given state are inseparable from the economic model adopted by this state and which usually ranges between dealing with housing as a right or as a commodity. The latter violates the social and economic right to adequate housing and shelter as stated in international charters and turns the housing sector into a business that only prioritizes profit and overlooks people’s ability at affording the commodities it offers. The liberalization of the housing market gave rise to a number of serious problems, on top of which is the phenomenon of “informal housing” where units are constructed randomly and in many cases lack the basic requirements of adequate housing such as utilities and public transportation. The ramifications of this problem led to the emergence of a number of initiatives, both in the Arab region and worldwide, that aimed at proposing alternative housing models.

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