There is no international consensus on measuring poverty. Generally, absolute poverty thresholds are determined by measuring survival needs like shelter for different-sized households.
In many regions of the world, the number of low-income households far exceeds the affordable housing units available. Deficit in urban housing, mainly in low-income areas, is estimated at millions of units in most of the populated countries. Virtually in many developing countries can a full-time minimum-wage employee afford a one-bedroom apartment.
- Housing poverty also can include things like energy and fuel poverty and lack of access to water and sanitation. According to the United Nations Economic commission for Europe, for example, every tenth person in the European Union lives in a household which was unable to pay utility bills in 2010, and as many as 70 percent of residences in the Central Asian countries do not have a bath or a shower.
- Insecure tenure, or the threat of eviction, often lies at the heart of poverty housing, depriving people living in poor circumstances of even the most basic physical, economic, and psychological security of adequate shelter. More than 20 percent of the world’s population struggles, daily, to stay in houses or on land where they live, and more than 80 percent of the world’s population does not have legal documentation of their property rights.
The cycle of poverty can be difficult to escape, particularly when economic times experience upheaval. But a safe, decent, affordable place to live can make a real difference in the life of a family.
Therefore, Dimecev Foundation builds shelters for the shelter-less, at extremely low and affordable costs.