Are Uruguayan Housing Policies Reaching the Poor?: An Assessment of Housing Deficit, Housing Informality and Usage of Housing Programs in Uruguay

Sep 2011
This document surveys the Uruguayan housing market, first describing the main housing programs and policies, then comparing their design with households' characteristics and needs. The document additionally measures Uruguay's housing deficit, using the basis deficit as well as quantitative and qualitative deficits, and provides a definition of housing informality that captures most irregular housing situations, thus delineating the size and attributes of the informal housing market. Considering both the housing deficit and informality permits an understanding of which population segments have the most urgent housing needs and whether they are currently eligible for participation in housing programs. Finally, the study considers how many households eligible for housing programs actually make use of them.