Advocacy Shelter Report archive

Shelter Report 2015

Less is more: Transforming low-income communities through energy efficiency

Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Shelter Report focuses on improving energy efficiency among lower-income households. From retrofits to federal programs to innovative public private partnerships, we have an enormous opportunity to reduce bills, create jobs, boost the economy as a whole and ensure a more sustainable future. By becoming an advocate for affordable, sustainable housing, you can bring us closer to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Shelter Report 2015

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s policy work and previous Shelter Reports and watch the seven short videos from the Shelter Report 2015 launch below to hear how residential energy efficiency is making an impact across the United States.

Shelter Report 2014

Step by step: Supporting incremental building through housing microfinance

Habitat for Humanity’s 2014 Shelter Report focuses on incremental building — a method of improving housing one step at a time.

Over half of residential construction in the developing world is built in stages as needs change and resources become available. Few have access to affordable housing finance.

With slums continuing to grow, we need to encourage solutions like housing microfinance to support high-quality incremental building.

View the report

Shelter Report 2013

Keeping faith: Affordable housing and strong communities

This 2013 Shelter Report lays out the case for continued support for homeownership through effective federal programs and efforts of nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

Homeownership is a strong building block for strong, healthy communities and an important and viable component to the success of our housing market and economy.

View the report

Shelter Report 2012

Build hope: Housing cities after a disaster

“Housing cities after a disaster” highlights the urgent need for urban disaster planning and outlines how planning for permanence during rebuilding creates a more solid path to recovery. In recent years, earthquakes have shaken Japan, China, Indonesia and Haiti; flooding has swamped Pakistan and the Mississippi Delta; hurricanes have tested New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast; and tornadoes have ripped through Alabama and Arkansas. Over the past five years, more than 13 million people have lost their home to a natural disaster.

Brookings Institution panel discussion: “Rebuilding a City: The Dos and Don’ts in Post-Disaster Urban Recovery” (video)

Shelter Report 2011

Housing and health: Partners against poverty

A safe and secure home provides more than just shelter from nature’s harshest elements. It is also a protection against disease — not only for the family, but also for the community. Advances in the prevention of disease and disability have for years been linked to better housing. Public health advocates understand, as Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing, concluded more than a century ago, that “the connection between the health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists.”

As in years past, the report highlights the latest research on housing and health, features success stories from the field and offers a set of policy recommendations for decision makers.

View the report by topic

Shelter Report 2010

The case for low-income homeowners

Habitat’s second Shelter Report focuses on the important role of low-income homeownership in the United States. The report discusses the impact housing has on families’ lives and tools for how they can succeed as homeowners.

Download the report in its entirety

Shelter report 2008

Building a secure future through effective land policies

This Shelter Report explains how insecure tenure – the lack of a title to one’s home or land – is a major cause of poverty housing. The report also heightens awareness of unfair housing practices in developing countries and presents the case for prioritizing tenure security as a way to alleviate poverty.

Download the report in its entirety