Overcrowding of housing and accommodation


There is widespread evidence to show that overcrowding in small dwellings causes psychological and social damage. In chronic cases, overcrowding increases the incidence of contagious disease and generally contributes to the deterioration of health, morale and safety. Overcrowding makes privacy for individuals or couples virtually impossible, which may lead to psychological stress.

Emphasis on physical conditions rather than on overcrowding has frequently been responsible for policies of indiscriminate slum demolition which tend to intensify the overcrowding rather than expand the housing supply.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST