Habitat for Humanity Poland
Habitat for Humanity Poland is a nonprofit housing organization which responds to poverty housing through various projects, including: construction of new houses, rehabilitation of apartments and residential facilities for vulnerable youth and adults, microloans, energy efficiency trainings, housing research and advocacy.
- The leading housing and advocacy NGO in Poland since 1992
- More than 1,300 families served, including building of 120 new housing units
- More than 2,000 volunteers hosted
Highlights from FY 2016
- 255 individuals served through construction and renovations
- 371,000 individuals potentially impacted through advocacy work
- 680 local and international volunteers hosted
- Widely acclaimed national housing report and housing forum
Why Habitat works in Poland
Poland has a population of 38.2 million. For most housing statistics, Poland scores among the worst of the EU countries:
- Almost 15% of the population lives in poverty housing, defined as a lack of roof overhead and/or substandard conditions (with no bathrooms and toilets, no central heating or technically unsafe buildings)
- Poland ranks in the bottom third of OECD countries in terms of housing conditions for children (average rooms per child/ children in homes that lack basic facilities)
- 44.8% of Poles live in overcrowded spaces (EU average is 17%)
- Poland has a serious housing shortage with the lowest rate in Europe of number of homes for its population
- Almost 53% of Poles point to unmet needs for housing as the biggest problem for Polish families.
Habitat for Humanity globally
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat works toward its vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
- Over the past 40 years Habitat built or renovated over 800 thousand housing units all over the world, providing decent living conditions to over 4 million people.
- Habitat operates in over 70 countries situated on six continents.
- 2 million volunteers become engaged in Habitat’s projects every year.
More information available at: www.habitat.org