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10 housing projects changing communities around the world




Over 200 entries from all over the world were submitted for the World Habitat Awards 2013.

The World Habitat Awards were established in 1985 by the Building and Social Housing Foundation as part of its contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless. Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.Every year an award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the World Urban Forum (even years) and UN-Habitat Governing Council (odd years).

These ten entries were innovative and demonstrated significant impact within their own communities. The winners were announced at the 2013 World Habitat Day celebrations in Medellín, Colombia on Monday 7th October.

The winners of the 2013 World Habitat Awards are:

  • The 100,000 Homes Campaign – USA
    Scaling up a ‘housing-first’ approach to provide accommodation for thousands of the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people across the USA.127
Here are eight outstanding finalists:
  • Milton Park Community – Canada
    Mobilisation to protect residents from evictions, halt gentrification and provide permanently affordable housing in Montreal.other (1)1

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The 2013 World Habitat Awards will be presented to the winners at the World Urban Forum, which will be hosted by UN-Habitat in Medellín, Colombia from 5-11 April 2014. For further information on the World Urban Forum, please click here
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Emma Menteath