The plight of those struggling to afford rental accommodation is leading to ever greater demand for social housing. Alternative financing arrangements such as group collateral, used in some of the poorest countries in our region, may be something we can learn from.
Asia is facing a shelter crisis as its population continues to grow with 500 million people already living in slums. That figure is set to grow to a staggering 840 million people by the end of the decade, according to Habitat for Humanity Australia.
The first permanent houses have been built in Tacloban City, proof that corporate and private aid works. Australian-funded houses are among the very first permanent houses to be completed, seven months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Read this article