A blueprint for addressing the global affordable housing challenge

McKinsey Global Institute

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Date Published 2014
Primary Author Jonathan Woetzel
Other Authors Sangeeth Ram, Jan Mischke, Nicklas Garemo and Shirish Sankhe
Theme Housing Finance Policy


The struggle to obtain decent, affordable housing could affect at least 1.6 billion people globally within a decade, leaving more than a third of all urban dwellers in unsafe or inadequate housing or financially stretched by housing costs. The four levers that we lay out in this report, combined with effective local delivery, can bring decent homes within reach of hundreds of millions of households and narrow the affordable housing gap.

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