In observance of World Habitat Day on October 1, Habitat for Humanity is hosting hundreds of global events to help raise awareness about the issue of poverty housing in communities and the need for decent housing around the world. World Habitat Day is designated by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right to adequate shelter of all people.
This year, Habitat for Humanity is urging supporters to go online and sign the “Pledge to End Poverty Housing.” This virtual petition calls on key decision-makers to commit to recognizing the role of housing in communities, making affordable, adequate housing a priority and changing the systems and policies that lead to poverty housing.
Throughout October and November, Habitat for Humanity and affiliated organizations from around the world will host hundreds of events in honor of World Habitat Day, from builds and flash mobs to parades, contests, housing forums and everything in between all in an effort to draw attention to the need for safe, decent, affordable shelter for all.
Habitat for Humanity’s two-month observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter and the pivotal role of housing in community development will culminate with Habitat’s flagship annual event, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 29th annual Carter Work Project returns to Haiti as part of its two-year effort to strengthen and support Habitat’s work there.
Some of the events hosted by Habitat for Humanity include:
- Bogota, Colombia — Habitat for Humanity International was among the organizers of the Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean, a multi-sectoral event focused on defining practical and innovative solutions for ensuring access to adequate housing in sustainable and inclusive cities, on Sept. 25-28.
- Reading, Pa. — Students in local school districts will be allowed to donate $1 to wear a hat to school on Oct. 1 for “Hats On for Habitat” Day, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Berks County.
- Charlottesville, Va. — Habitat’s Youth United program is hosting a Lego Build at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Students from local schools will receive a handful of Legos to build models of Habitat houses from around the world.
- La Verne, Calif. — Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity will be partnering with student groups to raise awareness about families who live in informal settlements. Participants will build cardboard shelters that they will sleep in.
- Warsaw, Poland — Habitat for Humanity Poland will present a photo exhibition in a Warsaw metro station depicting the realities of poverty housing.
- Dickinson, Texas — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard will partner with Bay Area-Houston Habitat for Humanity to frame a new home Oct. 3-4 in honor of World Habitat Day.
- Philadelphia, Pa. — A “flash mob” of Habitat volunteers will descend on Center City Philadelphia to frame a house. Passersby will be invited to sign the newly framed walls in a show of support for Habitat.
For a full list of World Habitat Day events or to sign the “Pledge to End Poverty Housing,” please visit the Habitat for Humanity’s World Habitat Day website.
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