Habitat housing holds forum in Jordan

Habitat housing holds forum in Jordan
(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The US non-governmental organization Habitat for Humanity held one of its regional housing forums in Jordan on Wednesday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The aim is to build houses for low-income families.

MENA Housing Forum is part of a global series of housing forums organized by the non-profit organization in collaboration with partner organizations in different regions of the world.

Minister of Public Works and Housing Yahya Kisbi said at the opening ceremony that the housing and infrastructure sector is key to achieving sustainable civil development, and lauded Habitat’s positive impact in Jordan and its contribution to providing appropriate residences and maintaining existing buildings.

Manager for Jordan and MENA at Habitat Mousa Naffa said that, according to World Bank reports, 70 percent of Jordanian families cannot afford the cost of decent housing; other estimates indicate that 30 percent of Jordanians and 48 percent of Syrian refugees lack access to affordable houses.

The forum tackled challenges facing housing institutions, and urged the reduction of housing costs, as well as enhancing climate adaptability, and encouraging innovative construction plans for sustainable houses and facilities.

Habitat started working in Jordan in 2002 under an agreement with the government; it is currently operating in four villages, in cooperation with local communities and volunteers from local and foreign societies.

More than 10,000 families, or 50,000 individuals, benefited from Habitat’s services, which facilitated their access to shelter and improved their living conditions through financial aid, green buildings, and the rehabilitation of infrastructure and facilities, in partnership with the ministries of social development, health, and education and with local organizations.

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