The world is experiencing a global housing crisis.
- About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless.
- Each week, more than 1 million babies are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world.
- One billion people live in urban slums.
- If no serious action is taken, the number of slum dwellers worldwide would increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion.
Clean, decent, and stable housing provides more than just a roof over a persons’ head.
- Stability for families and children.
- Sense of dignity and pride.
- Health, physical safety, and security.
- Increase of educational and job prospects.
Improved housing leads to improved lives.
- Clean, warm housing is essential for the prevention and care of diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, and malaria, suffered in poverty stricken countries
- Children under five, living in Malawi, residing in suitable homes have a 44 % lower chance of contracting malaria, respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases compared to children living in traditional houses.
Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
- Contributes to thriving school systems and community organizations.
- A catalyst for civic activism and a stimulus for community-based organizations.
- Safe homes and neighbourhoods help to build social stability and security.
Housing must become a priority
- The percentage of people without access to decent, stable housing is rising.
- Increasing the housing supply across the globe is essential.
- Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the world’s economies, communities, and populations.
- If we are to succeed in the fight against poverty, we must support the expansion of housing both as policy and in practice.