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Housing is a Human Right — so is Ownership

Affordable housing activists agree that putting a roof over everyone's head, no matter the cost, is good for society as a whole. Here's a closer look at why that's true.

June 1, 2021

Every human should have access to housing and ownership. It’s as simple as that. 

This shouldn’t be a controversial stance or even a difficult standard for society to live up to. Unfortunately, we’re falling short.

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned a troubling situation into a desperate one, leading millions more Americans to fall behind on rent and experience housing insecurity.

Some lawmakers are recognizing the need for housing to be treated as the basic human right it is. We must listen to housing advocates who suggest addressing and ending the root causes of homelessness while providing housing for all, thus ensuring full democratic participation.

It is especially important to provide safe and affordable housing to at-risk groups including communities of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, veterans, and seniors.

Especially during the pandemic, communities are struggling to adequately and humanely manage homelessness. But putting a roof over everyone's head, no matter the cost, is good for society as a whole.

The alternative is the ineffective and costly approach of using the criminal justice system to address housing insecurity. We must destigmatize and decriminalize homelessness in America while providing access to affordable housing, education, health care, employment, and other opportunities and services that enable every person to live with dignity.

We must start with the idea that housing is a human right. And so is ownership.

This is a core value at Rhove, and we are taking meaningful steps to address the challenge. We are joining the fight to end housing insecurity and promote ownership for all by democratizing investment in affordable, multifamily housing.

We believe that any barrier to entry is an impediment to a person’s natural right to access housing in its fullest form. By providing access to wealth-building through ownership, we are empowering everyone to own the places they love in their own communities, and around the country.

This approach lowers the cost of financing and helps drive down the cost of much-needed affordable housing options.

As our K-shaped recovery continues, the demand for affordable housing is likely to rise, worsening this national crisis. We have a moral obligation to ensure all individuals—regardless of gender, color, nationality, religion, ability, or any other identity—have access to the dignity that affordable housing provides. Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head and access to ownership and all its empowerment.

Join us as we turn everyone into an owner and profoundly change the way we interact with housing.