Two homeless men drink on the pavement in Paris on September 14, 2018. / AFP / JOEL SAGET
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For filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, it is fitting that he is crowdfunding part of the money needed for his new documentary that explores why housing in most major cities is becoming unaffordable for residents.Globally, at least 150 million people, or about 2 percent of the population, are homeless, according to U.N.-Habitat, the U.N. agency for urban development and human settlements. More than a fifth of the population lacks adequate housing.Farha, an outspoken advocate for the implementation of the right to housing, said housing has become a financial instrument primarily for the benefit of investors, driving inequality in cities.Gertten's previous film, Bikes vs Cars, also explored how unlivable cities are becoming for many residents. The Swede said the "commodification of housing" is forcing long-time residents to move, while leaving buildings empty in cities from London to Sydney.
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