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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.
BSHF is delighted to announce that as part of the programme being funded by the Nationwide Foundation, the following activities are now or will shortly be underway:
We are never far from homelessness, even in the most affluent of countries. In this context, learning from countries who have developed effective methods for tackling homelessness is imperative.
The community-led housing sector in England faces a potentially catastrophic setback if it is left to fend for itself when the UK Government’s ‘Right to Buy’ legislation is extended to Housing Association tenants. The new proposals would give tenants the legal right to buy the properties they currently rent once they have lived in them for a given time period (likely to be 3 years).
The Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) is inviting costed proposals from individuals, organisations or collaborative groups to deliver 4 outputs related to our community-led housing programme.
"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."
BSHF Programme Managers Jenny, Line and Tom recently spoke at House Party 2015 in Manchester, with each of them exploring different aspects of Community-Led Housing. The presentations are available to download at the bottom of this page.
Recent Publications
BSHF Newsletter - June 2015
12.11.15 BSHF Press release - World Habitat Awards 2015-16 finalists announced
100,000 Homes Campaign and peer exchange report
World Habitat Award winner 2013
World Habitat Awards 2016 – Apply now!