Housing at the basis for human rights development from the Habitat for Humanity experience


Transformational community development is central to broad-based human rights development, and secure housing is the cornestone for a family’s participation in that process. The UN Fact Sheet on the Right of Adequate Housing expresses the connection and the scale of the need in this way: “Adequate housing is universally viewed as one of the most basic human needs.” (emphasis added) The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) named housing as an integral part of the right to an adequate standard of living. (See page 11 for Article 25).

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Source: Habitat for Humanity.