History of World Habitat Day
This year Habitat for Humanity celebrates World Habitat Day (October 1st) by making our theme, “Changing cities, building opportunities,” a reality! Currently, half of the people in the world live in towns or cities. Nearly a quarter of these urban residents, more than 850 million people, live in slums or informal settlements. In approximately ten years, two-thirds of the global population will be urban. As the number of people living in the urban environment increases, so does the need for affordable and decent housing. From necessity springs opportunity and we want to help develop and transform our city, our engine of growth.
Do you think that everyone has the right to safe, decent, and affordable housing??
You can help Habitat for Humanity recognize the role of housing in communities, make affordable and adequate housing a priority, and change the systems and policies that lead to poverty housing by signing the World Habitat Day Pledge to End Poverty Housing here!
Check out Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Habitat, and what he has to say about World Habitat Day!