Towards the end of the 1950's, extensive areas of the big cities were completely occupied by squatter houses and the proportion of low income households to total urban populations has risen steadily in Turkey. The preference of government lay with industrialisation and housing sector was seen as an unproductive sector and governments reduced their expenditure on social housing every year until the mid of 1980's. Legislation of squatters by amnesty laws, respectively weakened fear of demolition of these houses, encouraged the construction of these houses. In this paper, the squatter policy of Turkey will be evaluated in terms of some housing policy criteria.