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To: European Commission

CHANGE THE COUNT! Everyone deserves a decent place to live! #home4all

By signing this petition you urge the EU to support affordable housing for everyone, especially young people and families.

Why is this important?

What will be the future of our children?
By 2030, 1 out of 4 people will live in poor housing conditions.

The fast-moving challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic adds another urgent reason to ensure that people can shelter at home and protect their health and families.

In Europe today, young people cannot afford to rent a flat in many cities; and a growing number of families cannot pay their heating and cooling bills. Globally, more than half of the urban population lives in slums. Proper housing is a matter of life and death in the current pandemic as people are asked to stay at home to protect themselves against the coronavirus.

Home has become more important than ever, and the European Union has a role to play.
Join Habitat for Humanity and partner organizations all over Europe in calling on the EU to:
· Prioritize affordable housing in the next EU budget for 2021-27, particularly for countries in the global South.
· Increase funding for access to water and sanitation and for slum upgrading to protect communities against diseases.
· Address energy poverty in the European Green Deal with concrete financial measures.

Many countries are unprepared and unable to meet the growing housing needs of urban residents. The expected global population increase of 1,18 billion combined with the existing global housing need, means that approximately 2 billion people will be in need of adequate housing in 2030. This creates an unprecedented housing challenge.

Without adequate and affordable housing; without land rights, more and more families are at risk of poverty and insecurity. The current coronavirus pandemic has highlighted importance of housing as the means of protection against deadly diseases. A proper home has become the most important remedy. But it is not accessible to all.

Habitat for Humanity works for access to decent housing because it is foundational to individuals and families, to the communities in which we live and to the economies in which we all participate.


2020-08-04 15:35:59 +0100

10 signatures reached