More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.
Every year Habitat for Humanity joins our partners around the world to rededicate ourselves to recognizing the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity asks everyone to join together as one global network in communicating the message that every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future, and that a decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, health and success that might have been part of a family’s life for years, and in many cases for generations.
It is unacceptable that even before the COVID-19 crisis, more than 17 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on housing. Now, as the significant economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, the number of families struggling to make ends meet is only growing. Everyone deserves to build the foundation for a stable, healthy future for themselves and their families, no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they earn. At a time when a safe and decent home has never been more important, millions of families across the U.S. need action to make the cost of home something we all can afford.
Join us for World Habitat Day and year round by lifting your voice to help people in need of decent and affordable housing. Learn how you can take action in the United States through our Cost of Home advocacy campaign. Help us raise awareness for the need for affordable housing by donating, shopping, and/or volunteering with Wild Rivers Habitat.