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“Self-help housing involves groups of local people bringing back into use empty properties that are in limbo, awaiting decisions about their future use, or their redevelopment.” (Self-Help Housing.Org)

World Habitat has touched on the mechanism of self-help housing on numerous occasions over its history. Self-help housing can help to improve community cohesion and affordability. In this way, it is an example of housing practice which World Habitat is keen to encourage and enable through knowledge sharing. Our UK based reports on this topic include Self-Help Housing: Supporting locally driven housing solutions (2011); Supporting Self-Help Housing (2011); and Housing, Self-help and Co-operation (1997).

Internationally, through the process of the World Habitat Awards (WHA) World Habitat has worked on showcasing good practice with a number of projects which relate to self-help housing. These include Provivienda Rental Mediation Programme (WHA Finalist 2011), ZukunftsWerkStadt Leinefelde (WHA Winner 2007), and Johannesburg Housing Company (WHA Winner 2006). The awards provide examples of real innovation yielding real results, along with the potential to extract useful knowledge and inspiration.

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