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close this bookStrategies to Combat Homelessness (HABITAT, 2000, 228 p.)
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View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgements
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View the documentExecutive summary
Open this folder and view contentsI. Introduction
Open this folder and view contentsII. Defining homelessness
Open this folder and view contentsIII. The scale of homelessness (in selected countries)
Open this folder and view contentsIV. Why are people homeless?
Open this folder and view contentsV. Characteristics of homeless people
Open this folder and view contentsVI. Street children
Open this folder and view contentsVII. Interventions for and with homeless people
Open this folder and view contentsVIII. Interventions for and with street children
Open this folder and view contentsIX. Recent policy developments
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View the documentAnnex 1. A selection of important international instruments on homelessness and the right to housing
View the documentAnnex 2. What does adequate housing mean?
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View the documentThe United National Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) has launched a Global Campaign for Secure Tenure.

The United National Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) has launched a Global Campaign for Secure Tenure.

The overall aim of the campaign is to reduce urban poverty through policies which emphasize equity, sustainability and social justice

Currently an estimated one billion people around the world are inadequately housed: of these, more than 100 million are homeless. In most cities of the developing world, up to one half of the urban population lives in informal slum or squatter settlements that are neither legally recognized nor serviced by city authorities. The informal parts of the city do not enjoy many of the benefits of urban life, including access to basic services and secure tenure. Residents live in constant fear of forced evictions; most do not have access to formal finance and loan schemes that could enable them to improve their living and working conditions.

Security of Tenure is a fundamental requirement for the progressive integration of the urban poor in the city. And it is an essential step for the realization of housing rights. Tenure can take a variety of forms, including rental (public and private) accommodation, freehold, cooperative housing and customary tenure. Security of tenure guarantees legal protection against forced eviction, harassment and other threats. It also leads to improved living standards: countless examples reveal that when people have residential security, they will invest in the improvement of their homes and neighborhoods. The granting of secure tenure is, therefore, one of the most important catalysts in stabilizing communities, improving shelter conditions, reducing social exclusion, improving access to urban services, leveraging corporate and individual investment, and improving the urban environment.

Within the framework of this campaign, emphasis will be placed on the building of strategic and operational partnerships between different levels of government, other United Nations organizations, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations.

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