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Housing is a human right. Homelessness is a violation of that right. As of today, 150 million people around the world are living in homelessness. That’s equivalent to the entire population of the UK and France combined. Covid-19 has only exacerbated the housing crisis and revealed it for what it is: a human rights calamity. Never before has access to a safe and adequate home been such a stark matter of life or death. The suffering of 150 million people without access to adequate housing, water, and sanitation services is unimaginable. But imagine the power of 150 million people claiming their political voice and demanding their human rights. The Shift has collaborated with more than 30 organizations from 20 countries around the world to amplify the voices of people living in homelessness through the Global Homelessness Action. On December 7, we issued a Call to Action to government officials in over 150 countries demanding they take urgent measures to eliminate homelessness by: (1) Engaging people living in homelessness as rights holders and experts in their own lives, not as criminals or beneficiaries of charity; (2) Immediately providing adequate accommodation to all people living ‘rough’ or on the streets, ensuring access to water, sanitation, food, social supports, and health services during the pandemic and beyond. (3) Placing people living in homelessness at the forefront of all COVID-19 economic recovery plans and recognizing them as a protected and priority group in all areas of action; (4) Stoping the criminalization people living on the streets and activities necessary for their human survival; and (5) Ensuring people living in homelessness have access to free legal information, advice, and remedies regarding violations of their right to housing and other human rights. It’s time for governments to step up. Join us in holding them accountable. Sign the Global Homelessness Action petition to demonstrate your support, and download and complete the Call to Action letter template to send to your country's government official: Algeria – Minister of Housing & Urban Development, Kamel Nasri: firstname.lastname@example.org Australia – Minister for Health, Greg Hunt: email@example.com Bahamas – Minister of Environment & Housing, Romauld Ferreira: firstname.lastname@example.org Barbados – Prime Minister, Mia Mottley: email@example.com Belgium – Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo: firstname.lastname@example.org Botswana – Minister of Infrastructure & Housing Development, Mmusi Kgafela: email@example.com Brazil – Regional Development Minister, Rogerio Marinho: firstname.lastname@example.org Bulgaria – Minister of Regional Development & Public Works, Petya Avramova: email@example.com Burkina Faso – Minister for Housing & Urban Planning, Maurice Dieudonné Bonanet: firstname.lastname@example.org Burundi – Minister of Infrastructures, Equipment & Social Housing, Deogratias Nsanganiyumwami: email@example.com Cameroon – Minister of Housing & Urban Development, Célestine Courtes: firstname.lastname@example.org Canada – Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, Ahmed Hussen: email@example.com China – President, Xi Jinping: firstname.lastname@example.org Colombia – Minister of Housing, City & Territory, Jonathan Malagón González: email@example.com Croatia – Advisor to the President of the Republic for Human Rights & Civil Society, Melita Mulic: firstname.lastname@example.org Cuba – Minister of Construction, René Mesa Villafaña: email@example.com Czech Republic – Ministry of Regional Development, Klara Dostalova: firstname.lastname@example.org Denmark – Minister of Housing, Kaare Dybvad: email@example.com Egypt – Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities, Assem el Gazzar: firstname.lastname@example.org Finland – Minister of Family Affairs & Social Services, Krista Kiuru: email@example.com France – Ministère de la Transition écologique, Emmanuelle Wargon: firstname.lastname@example.org Georgia – Minister of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia, Natela Turnava: email@example.com Germany – President of the Party of the European Left, Gregor Gysi: firstname.lastname@example.org Ghana – Minister of Works & Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea: email@example.com Hong Kong – Chief Executive Officer, Carrie Lam: firstname.lastname@example.org Hungary – Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán: email@example.com Iceland – Minister of Social Affairs & Children, Ásmundur Einar Daðason: firstname.lastname@example.org India – Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal: email@example.com Ireland – Minister for Housing & Local Government, Darragh O'Brien: firstname.lastname@example.org Italy – Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte: email@example.com Ivory Coast – Minister of Construction, Housing, & Urban Development, Bruno Kone: firstname.lastname@example.org Jamaica – Prime Minister, Andrew Holness: email@example.com Japan – Minister of Health, Labour & Welfare, Norihisa Tamura: firstname.lastname@example.org Kenya – Principal Secretary for the State Department for Housing & Urban Development, Charles Hinga Mwaura: PS@housingandurban.go.ke Lithuania – Minister of the Environment, Kęstutis Navickas: email@example.com Mexico – Minister of Labor & Social Welfare, Luisa María Alcalde Luján: firstname.lastname@example.org Morocco – Minister of National Land Use, Planning, Town Planning, Housing & City Policy, Nouzha Bouchareb: email@example.com Mozambique – Minister of Public Works, Housing & Water Resources, João Osvaldo Machatine: firstname.lastname@example.org New Zealand – Minister of Housing, Dr. Megan Woods: email@example.com Nigeria – Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola: firstname.lastname@example.org Nigeria – Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu Fatai: email@example.com Northern Ireland – Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín: firstname.lastname@example.org Norway – Minister of Local Government & Modernisation, Nikolai Astrup: email@example.com Pakistan – Minister of Housing & Works, Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema: firstname.lastname@example.org Philippines – Chairman of Department of Human Settlements & Urban Development, Eduardo del Rosario: email@example.com Poland – Minister of Family, Labour & Social Policy, Marlena Malag: firstname.lastname@example.org Rwanda – Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete: email@example.com Scotland – Minister for Local Government, Housing & Planning, Kevin Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org Senegal – Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Public Hygiene, Abdou Karim Fofana: email@example.com Singapore – Minister of National Development, Desmond Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org Slovakia – State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and the Family, Soňa Gaborčáková: email@example.com Slovenia – Minister of Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec: firstname.lastname@example.org Somalia – Minister of Public Work, Reconstruction & Housing, Ahmed Mohamed Iman: email@example.com South Africa – Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu: firstname.lastname@example.org South Korea – Minister Nominee for Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, Chang-heum Byun: email@example.com Spain – Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz Pérez: firstname.lastname@example.org Sri Lanka – State Minister of Rural Housing, Construction & Building Materials Industries Promotion, Indika Anuruddha Herath: email@example.com Sweden – Minister of Financial Markets & Housing, Per Bolund: firstname.lastname@example.org Switzerland – Federal Councillor for the Department of Economic Affairs, Education & Research, Guy Parmelin: email@example.com Tanzania – Minister of Lands, Housing & Human Settlements Development, William Lukuvi: firstname.lastname@example.org Uganda – The Minister of State of Housing, Chris Baryomunsi: email@example.com United Kingdom – Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick: firstname.lastname@example.org United States of America – Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Marcia Fudge Viet Nam – Minister of Construction, Phạm Hồng Hà: email@example.com Wales – Minister of Housing & Local Government, Julie James: Correspondence.Julie.James@gov.wales Zambia – Minister of Housing & Infrastructure Development, Vincent Mwale: info@MHID.gov.zm Zimbabwe – Minister of Local Government & Public Works, July Moyo: firstname.lastname@example.org The Global Homelessness Action is an international digital initiative that provides people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to collectively claim their right to housing and demand urgent action from governments through video, audio, and written testimonies. Convened by The Shift, the Action has brought together 30 organizations and hundreds of advocates from 20 different countries to support the human rights of people living in homelessness: MakeTheShift.org/HomelessnessAction.