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Housing and Economic Development



Housing and economic development
by Susan Aspinwall

Susan Aspinwall defines Habitat’s approach and introduces articles in this issue of the Forum that seek to explore the topic and offer real examples of how Habitat for Humanity’s work can affect—or be affected by—economic development.

Economic impact through incremental and complete housing solutions

By Demostenes Moraes, Mary Lechenuk, Andres Maidana Legal and Ana Cutts

The factors of adequate housing as defined by the United Nations — legal security of tenure, availability of services and infrastructure, affordability, habitability, accessibility, location, cultural adequacy — work together to ensure that housing can allow its inhabitants to produce economic benefits for both the family and the community as a whole. This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of incremental and complete housing solutions and the impact they each have on a family’s economic development.

Q & A: “More than shelter”

A conversation with Dr. Eric Belsky, managing director, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The Forum speaks with Harvard University’s Dr. Eric Belsky about housing and economic development, secure tenure, working in informal settlements, and various other topics related to our work. Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies is Harvard’s center for information and research on housing in the United States. The center analyzes the relationships between housing markets and economic, demographic and social trends, providing the knowledge needed to develop effective policies and strategies.

Habitat for Humanity Hungary: From building to advocating

By Lea Köszeghy

Habitat for Humanity Hungary describes the path that led them to their current dual program focus on both building and advocating and the impact their advocacy has had on increasing housing opportunities for the people they serve and the country as a whole.

Housing’s multiplier effect on the economy

By Hiew Peng Wong

Asia/Pacific takes a closer look at the multiplier effect of housing on a national economy and how the multiplier effect can also play out on the micro level when special builds and disaster response projects create greater employment opportunities through Habitat for Humanity initiatives.

Commentary—Housing and the Great Recession: Finding the Cause

By Ted Baumann

The current US recession, the worst since World War II, started with transatlantic housing markets, and has in turn had a dramatic impact on them.
Housing values have collapsed, and it is extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage. Why did housing prices rise so fast and then crash so hard? Ted Baumann explores recent debate on the topic and offers additional views on the cause and impact of the global crisis.