Affordable and Sustainable Housing

 

 BY 2030, 1.2 billion people are expected to live in slums. Poor people disproportionately live in high-hazard zones, with no proper access to employment, transportation, schools and health care facilities. Land is foundational to adequate housing, yet approximately 1 billion people in cities around the world lack secure land rights. Insecure land tenure limits the creation of wealth, and the forced evictions that often result cause families to lose their assets and, in many cases, their livelihoods.

 

A critical component to adequate housing is affordability, ensuring that families do not need to choose between housing and other necessities. Affordable and sustainable housing solutions provides people with access to clean water, sanitation and other essential infrastructure such as education, food production, basic health care, and by focusing on environmental sustainability.

 

We offer an innovative integrated approach to rural development, while our project simultaneously addresses the challenges of extreme poverty. Our goal is to ensure that communities living in extreme poverty have a real, sustainable opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.

Clean water and access to sanitation are integral parts of safe and adequate housing. Around the world, 2.2 billion people live without safely managed drinking water, including 785 million people without basic drinking water, and 4.2 billion live without safely managed sanitation.

 

 Lack of access to water and sanitation is among the greatest problems of rural, peri-urban and urban slum households; community schools; health care facilities; and public spaces. Addressing these problems requires solutions adjusted to the local social, economic, political, technological and physical environmental context. Sustainable interventions should be planned and implemented in dialogue with local communities, the private sector and governments to respond to their needs and opportunities. Sustainable water and sanitation services should be adequate, reliable, accessible and affordable for all.

The number of urban residents is currently nearly 4.4 billion, 56% of the global population. Projections for 2030 estimate a further increase in the number of slum dwellers to 1.2 billion, with the largest proportional increase occurring in Africa.

Adequate and affordable housing leads to benefits in health, education and economic opportunities. The process of housing improvement is often a ladder out of poverty for families. These changes benefit the larger community, reducing inequality and building resilience against economic and natural disasters. Actions toward adequate and affordable housing have multiple effects and support the implementation of other global initiatives.

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