We cannot end street homelessness until we know who is sleeping on our streets, and the nature of their health and housing needs. Most cities and countries have a way of counting people in this situation. However, few have a system that uses this data to get people housed quickly and permanently.
The World Habitat Awards recognise innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to key housing challenges facing communities around the world. BSHF invites innovative housing projects to apply for the 2016/17 World Habitat Awards for the chance to gain recognition for their work. The Awards will be presented at the UN-Habitat Governing Council in 2017. Holding the presentation at this event will provide increased opportunities for international exposure as well as networking and dissemination of the award winning approaches.
From environmentally-focused communal living in Colombia and the UK to capacity building in Malawi, this year’s 10 World Habitat Awards finalists include a wide range of innovative and inspiring practices. The World Habitat Awards 2015-16 finalists are:
In 2013 the World Habitat Award was presented to the 100,000 Homes Campaign. This project involved 180 communities in the United States, all seeking to house the most vulnerable people sleeping on their streets. Between 2010 and 2014 participating communities found housing for over 104,000 people.
The UN’s Special Rapporteur on housing is currently focusing on the connections between homelessness and housing rights. In preparing their report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur has requested responses to a range of questions.
To tackle a social problem we have to find the ‘bright spots’, those examples where the problem has been drastically reduced.
"I’ve worked in urbanism for the last 10 years, but I’m still surprised by the disproportionate attention paid by urbanists and housing professionals on urban inequality and informality. All too often I find myself coming out of conferences of planners wondering who urbanism is for. Most of the time I am one of the only anthropologists and I always need to justify why I see myself as an urbanist."
The BSHF Community-Led Housing programme was recently awarded funding from the Nationwide Foundation, which will allow us to add new resources, support greater partnership working and create increased visibility for the movement.
I joined BSHF two months ago, after working as an urban anthropologist with a social innovation agency in community-led urban regeneration across the UK.
Our thoughts are with our friends and partners in Nepal following the recent devastating earthquake. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but its people are rich in ideas and innovation.