URBAN CROSSOVER AIMS TO DEMOSTRATE THE GAP THAT EXISTS BETWEEN INCOME AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Slum dwellers are generally portrayed as illiterate, jobless, poor, polluting people of low caste and status. They lives in slums by choice, NOT because their city does not provide a home they can afford.
Urban Crossover is a research program designed to identify the poorest families living in 20 of the poorest cities around the world, and the cheapest houses available in those cities for purchase or rent. Through this study, we aim to demonstrate and understand the gap that exists between people's income and affordable housing, and what it would take for the poorest to purchase what should be the most affordable house in each market.
It breaks stereotypes about people who live in slums or are homeless and informs public on the percales of unequal development. It creates a dialogue between super-cities and those that lack affordable housing options. Singapore, the city which has a ‘super’ successful public housing scheme and other cities where there are much wider gaps and lesser housing options.
Urban Crossover brings issues on housing to the forefront, to engage people in dialogue, and spark innovative solutions to address the gap that this research aims to demonstrate.
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