Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region. For this reason, public and private spaces, such as housing, need to be designed to include inhabitants everyone. Universal accessibility and reasonable accommodations are key tools for achieving inclusive spaces. However, most cities and housing projects fail to consider the needs of all their users, particularly of older adults and people with disabilities. At the same time, cities need to facilitate access to the benefits of urbanization for all residents, regardless of their identity or background. Currently, households whose head identifies as indigenous, Afro-descendant, or LGBTQ communities are more likely to reside in an informal settlement or in a substandard housing unit. Likewise, cities should provide opportunities for all their inhabitants to participate in cultural life, recognizing the richness of the cultural heritage of a diverse population.
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