Today Is World Habitat Day

Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter around the world. Habitat for Humanity has a tried and tested partnership approach that makes families in need of shelter a key part of their own housing solution. Habitat for Humanity works hard with volunteers and donors who invest time and money into the partnership- so that families in need of housing can help build, then buy, their own home on terms they can afford.

The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. On the first Monday in October each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations raise their collective voice, taking action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and engaging partners in solutions.

In recognition of World Habitat Day 2012, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is planning a special build day on the Thrivent Build site to address the need for decent housing around the world, including in Cass and Clay counties.

Habitat for Humanity’s theme for World Habitat Day 2012, “Many Homes, One Community,” highlights the vital role that decent, affordable housing plays in community stabilization and development. The focus is on the importance of homeownership in a neighborhood’s progress.

500,000th house
Habitat for Humanity’s 500,000th house built, rehabilitated or repaired worldwide was dedicated in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, last year on World Habitat Day.

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, and continuing throughout October and November, Habitat for Humanity and affiliated organizations will host hundreds of local events — from builds and flash mobs to parades, contests, housing forums and everything in between — to draw attention to the need for safe, decent, affordable shelter for all. The 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.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s work around the world, visit

With your help, we can change the reality for future generations in our community and around the globe.