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Habitat for Humanity Unveils Tool to Assess Housing Worldwide

September 28, 2006

BUDAPEST (Sept. 28) - As poverty housing hits the international agenda on October 2nd with the United Nations’ “World Habitat Day,” Habitat for Humanity supports the event by unveiling its Global Housing Index initiative.

The aim of the Global Housing Index is to be able to assess housing policy worldwide through the development of a comprehensive survey which is currently being piloted in eight countries in which Habitat for Humanity operates.

Details of the project will be presented on October 2nd at the World Conference on Accelerating Excellence in the Built Environment in Birmingham, UK. The presentation is being made by Professor A. Graham Tipple, Reader in Housing Policy and Development at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

“There is currently no single measure or index to capture the key dimensions of housing,” says Don Haszczyn, Area Vice President of Habitat for Humanity’s Europe and Central Asia headquarters. “Our ambition is to identify the elements of a well-functioning housing sector, develop a means of measuring them, and then regularly publish these findings to bring about positive results in the access to affordable housing for all.”

The establishment of a Global Housing Index will be an important tool for Habitat for Humanity, not just in its direct work in communities in need, but in seeking partnerships and in advocating for global action against inadequate shelter.

Professor Shlomo Angel is the project’s principal investigator. Angel is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at New York University. The project is also overseen by an Advisory Group of leading academics in the field of housing from six countries, including the UK, France, Hungary and Australia.

Habitat for Humanity’s ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building adequate shelter with those in need.  The organization has already housed more than a million people around the world in simple, decent homes.

With common goals of eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity and UN-Habitat signed a partnership in 2004:
http://www.habitat.org/newsroom/2004archive/insitedoc007397.aspx

Habitat for Humanity International is an accredited organization affiliated with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat):
http://hq.unhabitat.org/ngo/profiles_accredited.asp?q=8

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational Christian charity dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. It has built more than 200 000 houses; more than one million people are living in Habitat homes they helped build and own through low-cost, no-profit mortgages. We have positively affected lives in 100 countries around the globe. Habitat’s Europe & Central Asia regional headquarters are in Budapest, Hungary. The ECA region is actively fundraising, building and renovating homes with families in need. www.habitateurope.org

Contact: Tom Price, Director of Communications, Europe & Central Asia, Habitat for Humanity
Tel: (44) (0) 151 280 4485
Mobile: (44) (0) 7958 125 187