With housing, we say people need to follow the law. But people need to understand if we actually did that, there would be a humanitarian cataclysm.
When you see data on the state of the housing market as experienced in particular by low income renters, and you see such alarming statistics, we overlook the fact that people -low income renters for example-don’t just sit still. Human beings find other solutions, and the research we have done shows that a lot of those solutions are informal housing arrangements. The TRUTH is that our affordable housing programs don’t serve all residents, for whom informality is often a solution. Without it we would have an even more severe urban housing crisis than we do now.
Informal housing arrangements rock!