World Habitat Day
- On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world in raising awareness, educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the current global housing crisis.
- Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter around the world; 1 billion of those live in informal settlements. More than 100 million people worldwide are homeless.
- About one in four people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.
- By 2030, UN-HABITAT estimates an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour.
Purpose of Celebrating World Habitat Day
- To pay a big attention towards the need for better shelter all over the world.
- To share the priority of affordable and adequate housing everywhere.
- To bring the positive changes in the systems including policies and attitudes of person causing poverty housing.
- To reflect on the states and towns and pay attention on the basic human rights for adequate shelter.
- To increase the awareness worldwide of joint responsibility for the future generation’s habitat
Habitat for Humanity’s response
- Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family in need of better housing.
- Habitat has helped more than 4 million people since our founding in 1976.
- About 1 million volunteers work with Habitat every year worldwide.