The Constitution of the Dominican Republic guarantees its citizens the “right to housing,” yet, the housing deficit is more than 2 million homes. To improve the living conditions around the country and protect residents against forced evictions, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic and their partners launched the Casa Ya campaign in October 2015. The Casa Ya campaign will help enact municipal protocols that guarantee legal protection against forced evictions and, in doing so, inform national legislation regarding impoverished and informal settlements.
The absence of housing policy and mechanisms to facilitate access to land has resulted in the formation of slums. Through Solid Ground, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador will conduct a systematic study of the different land issues in El Salvador and the mechanisms to improve access to land and will translate the findings to the general public as a means to influence decision makers to address these issues.
To increase access to land for shelter, Habitat for Humanity Fiji will work with government and landowners of informal settlements to reach an amicable, mutually beneficial agreement that increases land tenure security for residents of the informal housing sector.
Habitat for Humanity Germany´s mission is to mobilize resources in Germany for Habitat projects worldwide. Their advocacy efforts aim to increase German government development funding to increase access to land and housing around the world.
Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is replicating a model similar to that of Habitat for Humanity Honduras, focusing on one municipality at a time, building diverse alliances, analyzing policies, working to improve policies and implement new policies, and building on momentum to fuel additional success. They will begin by focusing on ten municipalities, looking at their land use planning, basic services, land tenure security and support to families living in extreme poverty.
Although Honduras is one of the least urbanized countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, it has one of the highest urban growth rates in the region. The effects of such urbanization are glaring; 16% of the nation’s homes are overcrowded. Barriers to accessing land make it difficult for Honduran households to attain decent shelter, both commercially and publicly. Habitat Honduras is eliminating barriers to accessing land for shelter by advocating for changes in legal and political frameworks of housing, within municipal and national governments and private organizations.
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong joins the Solid Ground campaign to support more low-income families in Hong Kong to live in adequate, affordable housing and to support fundraising initiatives in Hong Kong. Habitat Hong Kong will be leveraging research, policy mapping, the media and public backing to support their efforts.
Through the Solid Ground campaign, organizations in Hungary are helping to address the need for access to land for shelter both in Hungary and globally. Habitat for Humanity Hungary conducts an annual assessment of the approximate number of people exposed to insecure tenure, and works to uncover the major causes, develop legal and policy proposals to address them, and promote these proposals by educating both the public and key decision makers on the scale and complexity of the issue. Foundation for Africa, Hungary, compliments their work by building broader awareness of and support for the global issues of land, housing and urbanization through the Build Solid Ground project, part of the Solid Ground campaign funded by the European Union.
Habitat for Humanity India is already working on Solid Ground’s four campaign subthemes – secure tenure, gender equality, slum upgrading, and disaster resilience – across 18 states in India. Habitat India will leverage their engagement with Solid Ground to address land and housing issues impacting marginalized and low income families across India, spreading awareness, offering an opportunity for the private sector to engage, and influencing policymakers.
The Dublin Institute of Technology, Engineers without Borders Ireland and Habitat for Humanity Ireland are 3 of the 14 partners raising awareness and active engagement of Europeans in support of urban issues, global housing and land under the Build Solid Ground project funded by the European Union. The project is an important part of Solid Ground, Habitat for Humanity’s global advocacy campaign to improve access to land for shelter, because visibility leads to accountability.