Habitat for Humanity International released its annual Shelter Report On World Habitat Day, October 5. This year’s report entitled, Level the Field: Ending gender inequality in land rights. Here is a brief synopsis of the report:
Land tenure is one of the great challenges Habitat for Humanity faces in helping families access decent housing. Countless families around the world lack rights to the land on which they live. Just imagine the stress of knowing that any day you might be forced to move because someone else claims ownership of the place you call home.
The security of property rights is a crosscutting issue that impacts all areas of Habitat’s work. Whether addressing the needs of displaced people as a result of disaster or conflict, providing water and sanitation, working in informal settlements, or facilitating access to microfinance for incremental housing, Habitat’s work to provide decent shelter and create sustainable, stable, resilient communities can occur only if community residents have legal control of the land on which they live.
The primary author and researcher of this year’s Shelter Report is Habitat Wake’s own Susan Corts Hill. Susan currently serves as a member of our board of directors.
Here is a link to the report: