This Monday, Oct. 4, Habitat for Humanity will join efforts around the world to mark World Habitat Day, a day the United Nations has set aside to call attention to the dire need for affordable, adequate housing.
Habitat for Humanity hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that allow for poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.
Liza Peiffer has put together a social media press release website with facts, videos, photos, banners so please feel free to repost any of it on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. pages. Some interesting facts:
- Every week, more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world. As a result, the urban population of developing countries will double from 2 billion to 4 billion in the next 30 years. (Kissick, et al: 2006)
- By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)
Ask leaders in Washington: What will you build?
Getting involved is easy. All supporters need to do is:
- Write “What will you build?” on a piece of paper.
- Take a photo holding the message.
- Upload the picture to Habitat’s Photo Wall.
- Share the photo with friends and family.
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