Introduction to this issue -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Introduction to this issue

By Anita Mellott and Karan Kennedy

Welcome to this issue of “The Forum.” In this issue, we examine “housing as a human right,” and what it means in the different contexts in which Habitat works worldwide. Since this is a relatively new topic within the organization, our goal is to inform and provide a means of sharing information. While the articles here represent a broad spectrum of views, it is clear that access to housing is vital for every person on this planet and that poverty housing is morally unacceptable—something that Habitat for Humanity has been articulating clearly for 30 years.

We hope that this information will strengthen our resolve to develop new methodologies to reach more families and deepen our desire to advocate on behalf of those who need decent, safe and adequate housing. Let us press on, knowing that what we are called to do is a task of vital importance.

As always, we appreciate your feedback regarding this publication.

Karan Kennedy is director of International Support at Habitat for Humanity. She has 14 years of experience with HFH in various capacities, mainly in the Africa/Middle East department.

Anita Mellott serves as editor for International Field Operations. She has been with HFH for 10 years. She has a background in journalism and communications.

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