Build Our Nation through “Home Equals Campaign”

Build Our Nation through “Home Equals Campaign”

Home equals Campaign is a movement initiated by Habitat for Humanity Indonesia with the objective of addressing the informal settlements issues in Indonesia and improving access to decent housing for its residents.

Informal settlements refer to housing phenomena where settlements are constructed on illegal land, lack proper legal documentation, suffer from inadequate housing conditions, and have limited access to public facilities and infrastructures (Badan Pengembangan Infrastruktur Wilayah Kementerian PUPR, 2017). These settlements have emerged due to various factors, including the soaring numbers of Backlog in Indonesia. In 2022, the Backlog reached a staggering 12.71 million, underscoring the urgent need for effective housing solutions (Survei Sosial Ekonomi Nasional (Susenas), 2021).

The situation has caused various issues to the surrounding environment and community, especially for the viability of the informal settlements’ inhabitants. Often, they lack the access to basic rights such as clean water and decent sanitation facility, legal rights over their land, and are prone to the climate change effect.

One of the most crucial element to the right of owning a decent house is a secure tenure. The insecurity of tenure perpetuates a climate of uncertainty and fear, undermining the well-being and stability of those living in informal settlements. Numerous cases and studies provide evidence of the harmful consequences resulting from insecure tenure in these communities.

The absence of secure tenure also creates barriers for families seeking to access financing and capital mechanisms. The lack of formal recognition and legal ownership hampers their ability to provide collateral or demonstrate secure rights, making it difficult to obtain loans or access financial support.

As a response to the various informal settlement issues in Indonesia, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia invited professionals, policymakers, urban planners, architects, community leaders, and all individuals interested in addressing the challenges of informal settlements to attend the ‘Home for All’ seminar on June 14th, 2023. The discussion aimed at finding inclusive and effective solutions to this pressing issue.

We encourage our #Habitatfriends to unite their voices, support ‘Home for All,’ and become agents of change for our nation. Your presence and advocacy are crucial. Let’s work together to create a better future for all. #HomeForAll

Stay tune to our future update on the seminar!