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This World Habitat Day: Take action!

Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter around the world; 1 billion of those live in slums. By 2030, it is expected that 2 billion people will live in slum communities.

In other words, the world’s housing situation is in crisis, and needs our attention and action.

The inevitability of disasters makes this situation all the more urgent. For a family living in precarious conditions, any event can put their ability to escape from the cycle of poverty at risk. Prevention and preparation before disasters hit is key, and even the most basic home improvements can determine a family’s fate.

World Habitat Day is a day for grassroots action throughout the world, starting in your community… starting with you!




How to take action:

  • More than 18 months after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 600,000 people continue to live in emergency tent camps. When a family is living on less than US$2 a day, with a worn piece of tarp for a roof and in complete vulnerability, any amount you can give helps. Take action and donate today
  • Spread the word in social networks, and invite your contacts to join the cause.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter the week of October 3, and help us to share the live transmissions of Housing Forums throughout the region.
  • Visit our online classroom, and learn more about the reality of the cycle of poverty for families who migrate to urban zones.

About World Habitat Day
In December 1985, the United Nations General Assembly declared the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day, in recognition of the basic need for adequate shelter in a world where it is sorely lacking for so many.

It is a day to call attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone. By raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing, we hope we can alter the systems that reinforce poverty housing and make affordable housing a reality for all.

Read more about this year’s global focus, “Housing cities after a disaster.”