Housing Problems

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.