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Manila, 17 June 2015 – The leading event for advocating affordable housing solutions and decent shelter for low-income families will expand to take place simultaneously in four countries in the Asia-Pacific region this year. Organized by Habitat for Humanity, the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference that gathers together major actors engaged in developing and delivering sustainable solutions for poverty housing issues.

Under the theme ‘Building Impact’, the forum expects to engage over 2,000 leaders and experts in the field of affordable housing, ranging from policy-makers, entrepreneurs, private sector businesses, academics and civil society players.

“The highlight of this year’s forum is the launch of satellite events to be held in two large urban centers – Delhi, India; and Manila, in the Philippines-, alongside the main event in Hong Kong,” said Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president, Habitat for Humanity.

He added “The four events will lift the forum to a whole new level by uniting a record number of participants to discuss local and regional poverty housing topics. The Housing Forum aims to highlight innovative solutions, drive systemic policy change and market shifts, and strengthen partnerships – in order to offer affordable housing solutions at scale for low-income populations, and in a way that makes business and economic sense.”

“The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is timely, coming a year ahead of Habitat III, the bi-decennial United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Habitat for Humanity has been elected to represent civil society in events leading up to and at Habitat III. Habitat for Humanity will use the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum as a way of gathering input from civil society in the region,” continued Hathaway.

Further information and registration details for the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum: aphousingforum.org.

Another highlight of the Housing Forum is the Wharton-Habitat for Humanity housing finance course, a special collaboration between Habitat for Humanity and the prestigious Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. The course to be conducted in Hong Kong on 1-2 September focuses on various aspects of housing finance for low-income families in the Asia-Pacific region – regulation, financing and delivering mortgage finance; non-mortgage housing finance models and pricing models.

The main event in Hong Kong will feature four different tracks: Building leadership – profiling organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight against substandard housing; Impacting communities – examining the key elements of sustainable housing solutions; Building markets – exploring markets that low-income families use to meet their shelter needs, and Impacting society – bringing advocates and volunteers together to present insights on changing housing policy and sharing ideas to raise awareness of housing as a way out of poverty.

Notes to Editors

For media inquiries, please contact Geno Teofilo, +678 775 3702, gteofilo@habitat.org. For information on the events and sponsorship opportunities, please contact +852 2520 4023, info@aphousingforum.org.

About Asia-Pacific Housing Forum 5

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity. In 2015, the Housing Forum’s fifth iteration, the main event will be held from 1-4 September in Hong Kong. It will bring together all actors engaged in seeking solutions to low-income housing issues that make business and economic sense. Three satellite events, taking place in India and the Philippines, will meet at similar times. All events will be coordinated through the Housing Forum theme of ‘Building Impact’. aphousingforum.org

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. Habitat has supported an estimated 2 million individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, where it has been active since 1983. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org/asiapacific or follow us at facebook.com/habitat.

Source: Habitat.org

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