Around the world, many people have no rights to land on which to live. In fact, at least 1 billion people in cities around the world lack secure land rights. In many countries, land systems are broken and most people in the world who lack adequate housing are not able to secure title to land. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping families most in need of housing, but first they must have access to land on which to build a home.
Solid Ground, our global advocacy campaign, was created precisely to address this fundamental issue of access to land for shelter.
Solid Ground’s mission is to change land policy and systems to ensure that more people around the globe can have a decent home.
By mobilising new and existing allies, we aim to motivate policy makers around the world to enact and implement policies and systems that advance access to land for shelter.
Between 2004 and 2013, nearly 200 million people per year were affected by natural disasters, often displaced and homes damaged and destroyed. Solid Ground focuses on disaster resilience because insecure land rights are frequently a major obstacle to reconstruction after disasters strike.
Recognising that women are disproportionately affected by land rights issues and own less land than men, Solid Ground focuses on gender and property rights.
Secure tenure is the ability to live without fear of eviction. Research shows that with security of tenure, families can invest more in their home – and their future.
We cannot end poverty without addressing slum upgrading. Current estimates show that by 2030, the number of people living in slums will double to 2 billion.