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Housing Forum Makes 13 Recommendations To Ensure Housing For All By 2022

·         Action agenda charted on achieving housing for all by 2012 among all stakeholders.
·         Over 70 experts discussed affordable housing and sanitation challenges and solutions in Asia Pacific Housing Forum

New Delhi, 7 July 2017: The 6th Asia Pacific Housing Forum have made thirteen recommendations in a bid to ensure that the Government of India’s mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022” is accomplished. Putting maximum emphasis on affordable housing and houses that need to be built for the families in need and those at the bottom of economic pyramid, the recommendations conclude that it will need maximum participation by all stakeholders besides newer and innovative channels of funding.

The recommendations include 1. Financing affordable housing to be considered as priority lending, 2. Enhancing engagement with the government at policy, advocacy and operational level, 3. Infrastructure bonds at cheaper rate for affordable housing, 4. Creating a system to feed experiences and on-ground action into policy making at the Centre, 5. Influence Government to incorporate adaptability and local decision-making to interpret policies on the ground, 6. making intervention design culturally, environmentally and socially appropriate, 7. Including rental housing, repairs, renovations and house extension into the purview of Housing for All,  8. Define a process and a framework to enable convergence between master planning and sectoral planning with statutory planning processes, 7. promote in-situ development of slums wherever feasible - as opposed to eviction or relocation - in consultation with the community with the possibility of mixed zoning, 9. Create a flexible documentation and collateral system for housing finance especially for urban slums, 10. documents of domicility for urban migrants that enables subsidies/ grants need a new system, 11. Create a National Affordable Housing Equity Fund on the lines of India Microfinance Equity Fund (IMEF), create sector-level Capacity Building Fund, 12. Promote appropriate technology that is cost effective, safe, dignified, environmentally-friendly and acceptable by local community and 13. Create robust system of information outreach and coordination on various subsidies and schemes of Govt., private sector and service providers in affordable housing in order to reach the last mile.
Commenting on the recommendations, Rajan Samuel, MD, Habitat for Humanity, India said, “The housing crisis in India can only be solved when all of us come together under a unified vision. The clarion call by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra ji Modi on ‘Housing for All by 2022’ is a mission for all involved. The government is doing a fabulous job so far, having created 21 lakh homes in last two years. If India has to wipe off its shortage in housing units, then it will need a coalition of effort at gigantic level not seen anywhere in the world.”  

The housing for all coalition of India was launched during two-day 6th Asia Pacific Housing Forum that concluded here yesterday. The coalition will be spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity India.
The housing forum this year articulated practical ways forward to execute the New Urban Agenda and align other initiatives that focus on housing as a central element for sound urban development.
Close to 70 speakers, moderators and delegates have exchanged ideas and best practices on:
Achieving Affordable ‘Housing for All’ in Urban and Rural India, ‘ODF ++’ and Sanitation Well-being (Open Defecation Free++ refers to focus on behavior change communication, the importance of waste management, fecal sludge management in addition to building toilets and sees sanitation waste as viable resource), Disaster Response and Preparedness and Sustainable Urban Development.
Asia Pacific Housing Forum 6 is supported by the Aditya Birla Group, Aavaas by Nebula, HDFC Ltd. and Covestro (India) Private Limited.

 About the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum
The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity. Since it was first held in 2007, the event has brought together more than 3,400 participants from over 52 countries. In 2017, the sixth Housing Forum will be held from September 4-7 in Hong Kong. It will bring together major stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to the issues of inadequate housing and sanitation. Preliminary events are being be held in Cambodia, India (4th – 7th July, 2017), Indonesia and the Philippines. All events are being coordinated through the Housing Forum theme of ‘Housing at the Center”. Visit for more details.

About Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat for Humanity India’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat works with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provides housing-related services and raises awareness for adequate housing and sanitation. Since its inception in 1983, Habitat for Humanity India has touched the lives of over 10,04,850 individuals across 20 states. Habitat for Humanity India is part of Habitat for Humanity International - a global non-governmental organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to make adequate shelter a matter of conscience and action. The core area of Habitat’s work in India is:

·         Decent Shelter
·         WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
·         Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

Habitat for Humanity works with people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity India’s long term strategic goal for 2015-20 is to impact the lives of 25,00,000 individuals in their dream of living in a safe and a decent home. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit