Home Equals research report

Habitat for Humanity and our research partner, the International Institute for Environment and Development, or IIED, released an in-depth, data-driven report titled Improving Housing in Informal Settlements: Assessing the Impacts in Human Development to help launch our Home Equals campaign.

The report reveals that ensuring residents of informal settlements have access to adequate housing isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do.

Through an extensive literature review and a statistical modeling exercise, the report shows that adequate housing is a powerful catalyst for well-being and sustainability. It impacts a country’s economic development, income, health and education for both residents of informal settlements and the wider society.

Among the findings: GDP and income per capita would increase by as much as 10.5% in some countries if housing in informal settlements were upgraded at a massive scale, and as many as 41.6 million additional children could be enrolled in school.

Download the full report

See how improving housing in informal settlements impacts economic growth, average income, health and education.

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    You are critical in helping us create equitable access to adequate housing in informal settlements. Show your support in several impactful ways!

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    To achieve systemic changes, we’re working alongside informal settlement residents, community members and allies to address barriers to adequate housing in four focus areas.