Creating More Housing Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals: Habitat for Humanity’s Initiative

These possibilities will receive more attention at the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, which is anticipated to take place in Hanoi in 2024 hosted by Habitat for Humanity, a US non-governmental organization (NGO).

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This is one of the topics discussed between Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), and Maricelle Regino-Borja, National Director of Habitat for Humanity in Vietnam (Habitat Vietnam) on November 20.

Habitat for Humanity to Create More Housing opportunities for Low-income People
Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), received Maricelle Regino-Borja, National Director of Habitat for Humanity in Vietnam (Habitat Vietnam). (Photo: Thu Ha)

At the meeting, Maricelle Regino-Borja, National Director of Habitat Vietnam, said that the organization plans to expand its housing construction project for the poor in Vietnam (Vietnam Big Build), which was implemented since 2018 in the provinces: Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Phu Tho. In 2024, the Project expects to construct houses for 25 ethnic minority families in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province. The Vietnam Big Build 2024 is expected to attract the participation of more than 200 Vietnamese and international volunteers, providing an opportunity to strengthen connections and cultural exchanges between young people in Vietnam and other countries.

In 2024, Habitat Vietnam also plans to organize the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in Hanoi. The event is held every two years, gathering delegates from many countries to find solutions to affordable housing issues. The representative of Habitat Vietnam looks forward to receiving VUFO’s support in fundraising, organizing, and implementing the ideas.

Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, said VUFO supports initiatives to provide resources to support Vietnam and promote Vietnam’s image to international friends. VUFO agreed to coordinate with Habitat Vietnam in connecting with localities and implementing upcoming activities.

Habitat for Humanity to Create More Housing opportunities for Low-income People
Habitat Vietnam volunteers build houses for the poor in Tien Giang, 2013. (Photo: Habitat Vietnam)
Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental organization based in the US, that implements renovation and housing construction programs for the poor and homeless. Present in Vietnam since 2001, Habitat Vietnam has supported housing improvements for more than 61,000 low-income families. The organization provides training sessions on natural disaster prevention, financial education, hygiene practices, and construction skills for nearly 245,000 people.
Valerie Mai