Slum housing, Cambodia

The need for decent housing


Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive. Habitat for Humanity International believes a decent, affordable home helps people to create a better life for themselves and their families.

A decent place to live removes the barriers to opportunity, success and health that have been part of a family’s life for years, if not generations. A Habitat home gives a family a strong foundation to build a better life and is a stabilizing force for the family, the neighborhood and the larger community. We work with like-minded partners who know that they are helping someone help themselves. To date, Habitat for Humanity has made an impact in the lives of more than 13.2 million people of whom close to 3.5 million people are living in the Asia-Pacific region.

The challenges of adequate, affordable housing are complex in the diverse Asia-Pacific region. According to the United Nations, some 400 million people, almost one in ten, live in extreme income poverty. A person living in Asia-Pacific is more prone to being struck by disasters compared to other regions in the world. A housing solution that makes sense in the Pacific Islands is very different to what works in a New Zealand suburb. Or a slum in Metro Manila. Or a mountain village in China.

With a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own. Through shelter, we empower.