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Access to shelter globally

More than 1.6 billion people around the world live in slum housing and it is expected that this number will grow to 2 billion by 2030.

We believe that every man, woman and child should have a safe and affordable place to live.

Operating in nearly 80 countries, Habitat for Humanity is providing a range of solutions to families across the globe.

From secure land tenure to water and sanitation to housing finance, we ensure programs and advocacy meet the needs of the local community.


Related issues:

Millennium Development Goals
With more people living in cities and slums continuing to swell, adequate housing must be preserved in the next Millennium Development Goals.

Housing and urbanization
More than half of the world’s population now calls an urban area home. Unprepared cities are struggling to accommodate this growth, causing slums to swell. 

Foreign aid reform
The U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, which governs much of U.S. foreign policy, is more than fifty years old. It is not designed to address the challenges of the 21st century. 

Housing microfinance
As cities become economic centers, microfinance has an opportunity to adapt to the evolving needs of the poor as they strive to find adequate shelter.

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