The global need for affordable housing and sustainable cities

Across the globe, urban populations have increased rapidly, often outstripping available housing. A century ago two of every 10 people lived in urban areas; now, for the first time in human history, more than half of us do. India alone has 35 urban areas with more than a million people, and at least a dozen cities worldwide are home to more than 10 million.

Cities can be places of both great opportunity and great inequality. Close to 1 billion dwell in urban slums, and everywhere children are disproportionately at risk. In the U.S., for example, the fastest-growing urban centers account for three-fourths of the recent growth among children and youth.

Habitat responds to the needs of our urbanizing world, helping to create strong, sustainable cities with decent and affordable housing for everyone. View the slideshow to learn about this important part of our mission and how you can get involved with Habitat.

New York City, New York

More people now live in cities than in the country, which means the need for quality affordable housing in urban centers is increasing.