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HOUSING, SERVICES & MOBILITY

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PRINCIPLE 9: HOUSING, SERVICES AND MOBILITY

TCWNN ENSURES ACCESS TO HOUSING, SERVICES AND MOBILITY.

1. TCWNN provides access to adequate housing for all, which includes accessibility; affordability; availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure; habitability; location; cultural adequacy and security of tenure. In TCWNN, housing is not just a roof. It is homes that are the building blocks of people’s health, dignity, safety, well-being and inclusion.

2. Housing is a human right and a catalyst for most other fundamental rights to ensure the Right to the City for All. TCWNN addresses the conditions leading to slums and informal settlements to prevent their development by providing affordable alternatives, and options to legalize and upgrade informal communities, rather than through punitive measures. It condemns forced evictions as a violation of the right to adequate housing.

3. TCWNN has a rights-based and social justice policy framework that provides transparency, uses data to guide equitable decision-making, and ensures access and commitment to land, housing, and services for all. It adopts innovative and flexible approaches to extend the delivery of adequate housing to all of its inhabitants.

4. TCWNN adopts integrated, sustainable planning to meet present and future needs for land, housing, infrastructure and services, as well as climate-resilient public and green spaces. It adopts participatory planning by bringing on board and empowering all stakeholders in the development of its design and development plans and building codes. The resulting land use integrates form, function and connectivity.

5. TCWNN promotes the adequate allocation of land in cities, and the rights associated with its use, as a prerequisite to inclusive and equitable cities. Property rights regimes should be systematized, reliable, equitable, and transparent. Zoning and other means of land management should ensure social and spatial inclusion, supporting the communal function of property and the diversity of land tenure systems in cities and other human settlements, and encourage rather than stifle the continued evolution of all places within cities from less to more intense forms over time..

6. TCWNN supports the provision of incentives and disincentives to stimulate accessible land markets, equitable land use laws and policies to adequately fulfill the social function of land, housing and property. It ensures the affordability of adequate housing and anticipates future social housing and land needs. Policies and plans ensure the allocation of an appropriate share of land for public spaces.

7. TCWNN pays special attention to homelessness through a coordinated approach between different social and welfare services, the provision of adequate shelter and transitional accommodation facilities near the workplace of their residents and strategies for appropriately tailored permanent housing solutions.

8. TCWNN has planned underground infrastructure for utilities that are well connected with each other.

9. TCWNN includes complete, sustainable, safe, and inclusive people centred transportation and mobility networks and systems.

10. TCWNN includes the importance of accessible public transit that provides for convenient mobility for poor communities to enhance their access to jobs and services, while reducing the overall carbon footprint of the city

PRIORITY ACTIONS

1. Follow the UN Guidelines for Implementing the Right to Adequate Housing, a set of implementation measures, including homelessness and the unaffordability of housing, migration, evictions, climate change, the upgrading of informal settlements, inequality and the regulation of businesses.

2. Enable a continuum of land rights for security of tenure through data collection and documentation with communities, and prevent forced evictions.

3. Explore new sustainable and affordable home building technologies, such as 3D printing, to meet housing demand, and increase investment to strengthen the public, social and affordable rental housing in all communities.

4. Encourage land trusts and cooperatives to deliver housing and economic opportunity with ownership options affordable to all community members, including new migrants, providing for generational wealth-building opportunities. examples

5. Continue revisiting mobility by exploring the potential of multi-modal travel, reducing the use of space reserved for automobile infrastructure and access to underutilized urban space. Invest in charging stations for electric vehicles, including widely-available curbside and other publicly-accessible locations, to encourage their use and similarly incentivize the transition of the public transportation sector to adopt more climate-friendly low-carbon sustainable mobility.

6. Decentralize essential service delivery to maximize accessibility by all segments of the population. Expand digital infrastructure and affordable technologies enabling everyone to participate in digital communications and education.