04 October 2021

World Habitat Day - 04 October 2021.

On the first Monday of October each year, World Habitat Day encourages us to reflect upon the fundamental right to have adequate shelter. The day also reminds us that we are responsible for shaping the future of our cities and towns.

About 2 percent of the world’s population is homeless. This means that 150 million people around the globe don’t have a home. Additionally, 1.6 million people in the world don’t have adequate housing. Inadequate housing means a home does not contain the basic structure of a housing unit. It also means there is exposure to toxins and that the structure has severe physical problems. These problems could be a lack of plumbing, lack of heating and air conditioning, and inefficient electricity.

Homeless has been a global epidemic for many years. Unfortunately, it seems that homelessness and access to adequate housing are too big of problems to solve. Some believe the answer lies in a commitment to affordable housing for all. Others believe prevention is the best way to solve the homeless problem. Providing short term housing for those who are about to get evicted is one way to prevent homelessness.

In 1985, the United Nations designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day, with the first official observance hosted in Nairobi in 1986. Other host cities throughout the years have included New York City, London, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, and Shanghai. 

Source: https://unhabitat.org

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