Individuals served in FY19: 1,810,845
- Through new construction –4,800
- Through incremental building –58,345
- Through repairs –4,980
- Through professional services –65,605
- Through market development –497,255
- Through civil society –1,179,860
Volunteers hosted in FY19: 16,658
- Population: Over 1.3 billion
- Life expectancy: 69.7 years
- Unemployment rate: 8.5 percent
- Population living below poverty line: 21.9 percent
Source: World Factbook
Habitat for Humanity in India
Habitat for Humanity India began operations in Khammam, Telangana (formerly known as Andhra Pradesh) state, southeastern India, in 1983. Among the largest Habitat programs in the Asia-Pacific region, Habitat India has helped more than 386,400 families gain access to decent shelter as well as rebuilt their homes and lives in the aftermath of disasters. By 2022, Habitat India plans to reach out to 51 million people in need of improved housing solutions, safe sanitation, post-disaster reconstruction and by engaging the youth in its work.
Housing needs in India
India, the world’s largest democracy, has seen robust economic growth. World Bank data showed the extreme poverty rate fell from 46 percent to an estimated 13.4% over the two decades before 2015. The Government of India has committed to provide housing for all by 2022 in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 1 of ending poverty. The current shortfall of 10 million urban housing units is mostly driven by the economically weaker section and lower income group segment. With increasing urbanization, another 25 million homes are needed by 2030, according to a2019 RICS-Knight Frank report.
How Habitat addresses the need in India
Decent and affordable homes
Based on official estimates, more than 18.8 million families in urban India and over 43 million rural families are in need of affordable housing. As of June 30, 2020, Habitat India has since 1983 enabled more than 33 million individuals to create better lives through housing, in line with the nation’s vision of housing for all by 2022.
Disaster response and preparedness
Since 1999, Habitat India has been responding to disasters with a large-scale project helping more than 13,000 families after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. A year after devastating floods hit Kerala state in August 2018, Habitat India and its partners helped over 156,000 families through humanitarian aid and emergency shelter kits, conditional cash transfers, transitional and core shelters, livelihood skills training and others.
Habitat India leveraged on its partnership with Asian Tour to organize the inaugural Habitat for Humanity Charity Golf Tournament in Mumbai in January 2019. Professional golfers Jeev Milkha Singh, Shiv Kapur, and Chirag Kumar took part alongside India’s top business leaders who are amateur golfers. Watch a short video to learn more.
India is a popular destination for Habitat’s Global Village volunteers from Japan, the Netherlands, the U.K,, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. By the culmination of the multi-month Habitat Young Leaders Build in April 2019, over 10 million individuals had been reached to raise awareness and funds and speak out for affordable housing.