India M. Whaley

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This research paper (“Paper”) examines the international, constitutional, legal history, and current rights to housing in the United States (U.S.), Jamaica, and South Africa. This Paper addresses the federal and sub-national systems regarding affordable housing initiatives that drive policies associated with poverty and homelessness. Moreover, the following thesis addresses the need for affordable housing and discusses the substantive right to housing. It examines the legal avenues and obstacles that must be overcome given the division of powers in each country. This Paper will discuss significant influences such as colonialism that shape current housing policies to eradicate poverty and homelessness. Colonial domination has triggered tremendous changes economically in the U.S. while others have remained disenfranchised (Jamaica and South Africa). This Paper calls for a transformed focus on housing law and poverty, specifically in the housing sector where low-income families live.

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