This paper studies the existing scenario of urban housing and examines the challenges in housing the urban poor in India. It includes a review of housing policies that exist today and learning from interactions with different stakeholders involved in the sector on their roles and the issues they face. In addition, five case studies are conducted in Kochi, Kerala, to understand the demands and views of the urban poor on housing and associated services. The fundamental reasons for the challenges are examined and narrowed down to three major factors. The study concludes with suggestive solutions to improve accessibility to housing for the urban poor in India.
This study was conducted by Namita Paul, Research Intern at Centre for Public Policy Research and D Dhanuraj, Chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research.
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