Revitalizing communities throughout the United States
Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative accounted for 53 percent of the families Habitat served nationwide in our most recent fiscal year. Affiliates in urban, suburban and rural areas have helped individual families with housing improvements and also have engaged entire communities in more than 1,800 projects thus far, including neighborhood cleanups and the development of urban gardens.

Reporting on lack of housing in Europe and Central Asia
Habitat Europe, Middle East and Africa’s Housing Review 2013 provides an analysis of housing in 23 European and Central Asian countries. The report reveals long waiting lists for public housing and a growing number of people without proper living conditions. The first compilation of such housing was created by Habitat in 2005. This review expands on that first volume with recent data and a longer list of  reviewed countries.

“Happy Homes for Everyone”
Arvin Baal’s “Happy Homes for Everyone” essay was chosen from more than 7,000 entries as the winner of Genworth Canada’s 7th annual “The Meaning of Home” writing competition. The Oakville, Ontario, student was awarded a pizza party for his school and the chance to choose an affiliate to receive $60,000. He selected Habitat Halton. Five other students were chosen to direct $5,000 to the affiliates of their choice. Read their entries and Arvin’s winning piece.

Improving conditions for orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi
Since signing a partnership agreement with SOS Children’s Villages Malawi in 2012, Habitat Malawi has built houses in Mzuzu and Chikhwawa that are now home to 22 families of orphans or vulnerable children. In addition, 12 ventilated improved pit latrines have been constructed at various schools. This year, the partnership has slated 55 houses and 40 ventilated pit latrines for construction.

Improving apartment buildings in Armenia
At the end of 2013, Habitat Armenia received a 65,000-euro grant from the International Visegrad Fund to research and improve the management of multi-unit apartment buildings in the country. This project — a partnership with four other organizations, including Habitat Poland and Habitat Hungary — seeks to utilize good practices from countries that have achieved visible improvements in living conditions in collective housing. By the end of March 2015, Habitat Armenia plans to offer recommendations on condominium management and create a knowledge-based civic platform to address existing problems.