Housing the Poor

A family waits to board a boat as they return to their villages after Cyclone Phailin hit Sunapur village

Safe, affordable housing is a basic necessity for every family. Without a decent place to live, people cannot be productive members of society, children cannot learn and families cannot thrive. Until the housing crisis is remedied, other social problems will be inadequately addressed. Families will continue to lose the battle against crime, poor education, inadequate nutrition, decaying neighborhoods, insufficient health care and welfare dependency.

India-poverty_smallThe worlds largest democracy, India has seen rapid economic growth and made progress toward achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals. But poverty remains a major challenge though it is declining steadily but slowly. Most poor people live in the rural areas ,towns and cities, according to the World Bank. India faces a housing shortage of nearly 74 million housing units by the end of 2011, according to the National Housing Bank, the countrys state-owned lender to home-mortgage. The majority of the housing shortfall is in the rural areas. One in every five rural dwellers lives in katcha homes which are structures made of mud, thatch, grass or other non-lasting natural materials. In urban areas, the poor can be found living under bridges, on pavements, train tracks, highways and canals as well as in crowded slums.

MSMM helps to turn expectations into reality by transforming lives through the provision of safe, decent and affordable homes. A decent home opens the door to improved health, greater economic opportunities and increased community cohesion. We act as a catalyst for such transformations, often achieving great success by working with like minded partners. The entire communities are also transformed when partners support us by providing power, water and sanitation facilities. MSMM works in partnership with local, grassroots non-government organizations, microfinance institutions and other partners throughout India to provide decent housing. MSMM wishes to charge this and tries to lend helping hand to make one room, one toilet scheme which costs Rs. 50000/- per house. Let us help the pavement dweller getting a new life in this scheme. Support this sections by joining with us.

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