Housing is a Right: A Case Study of Affordable Housing in Venezuela

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, September 19, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Affordable housing policies have had a significant role in recent local elections and continues to be a challenge for planners and city officials. Dr. Clara Irazabal will present an international case study providing insight on housing challenges in Venezuela and share a different perspective on the affordable housing crisis. This event will also provide local planners with techniques and a greater understanding for future affordable housing policies.

This presentation is a case study of the Venezuelan Gran Housing Mission (Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela), which has been responsible for massive construction of social housing in central areas of Caracas, Venezuela. Dr. Clara Irazabal, Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Professor of Planning at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and a Venezuelan native, will share how social housing in Venezuela has proven insufficient to promote a more just city without holistic and participatory resettlement programs for low-income displaced individuals.

Attendees at this program will:

(1) Learn the value of an integral program of socio-spatial inclusion, conviviality, and rehabilitation for affordable housing policies;

(2) Gain a new perspective on international affordable housing challenges and their social struggles; and

(3) Discuss with city officials and planners how local affordable housing programs would benefit from integral resettlement programs.


Dr. Clara Irazabal

Dr. Clara Irazábal is the Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Professor of Planning with tenure in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). Before joining UMKC in 2016, she was the Latin Lab Director and Associate Professor ... Read More

Contact Info

Deanne Winkelmann AICP, dnwinkelmann@transystems.com