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"Affordable housing protects against this and future pandemics" - Reall's Georgie Davis

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Watch Georgie Davis, Reall’s Head of Communications & External Affairs,  about how vital affordable housing is to the people who are most vulnerable to global shocks like Covid-19.

Why affordable housing is key

    • The World Bank anticipates that 49 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty this year – 23 million in sub-Saharan Africa and 16 million in South Asia.
    • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates income losses exceeding $220 billion in developing countries.
    • Advice to safeguard against Covid-19 centres on social distancing, hand washing and isolation, but this won’t work for the 1.2 billion people currently living without adequate shelter globally.
    • 50 million homes are needed in Sub-Saharan Africa and 70 million in South Asia – 90% of the entire urban growth this decade is set to occur in Africa and Asia.
    • Reall estimates that building housing at scale represents an untapped £14 trillion marketplace – and every house built creates five direct jobs and opens up significant supply chains.
    • It also opens opportunities for the UK – creating the conditions for commerce to flourish and strengthen UK trade and investment opportunities around the world.
    • This is an unprecedented opportunity to build back better, with climate smart housing – and greening a whole housing value chain.

Ms Davis says, “Housing is healthcare – and the need is great.”

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