The Shift is a new worldwide movement to reclaim and realize the fundamental human right to housing – to move away from housing as a place to park excess capital, to housing as a place to live in dignity, to raise families and participate in the community.

The Shift was initiated in 2016 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, in partnership with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

It brings together civil society, all levels of government, multilateral institutions, national human rights institutions, academia, philanthropists, artists, the private sector, and grassroots movements, and represents the interests of the individuals, families, communities, slum dwellers, and neighbourhood associations who understand and live the deep connections between housing, home and well-being.

Cities for Housing is part and parcel of this movement: it is the coalition of cities and local governments willing to #MakeTheShift for the human right to housing at local, regional and international levels.