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The International Housing Association Supports Social Housing Needs Globally

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — The International Housing Association (IHA) pledged its support to address social housing needs during its 2016 Interim Meeting last week in Durban, South Africa. The group aims to advance the housing industry globally, and through this official pledge, actively contribute to addressing the social housing needs in members’ individual countries and around the world.

“Social housing is an issue impacting countries all over the world,” said Kevin Lee, chairman of IHA and CEO of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “IHA is bringing together industry experts and housing resources to share information about emerging techniques designed to address social housing needs.”

IHA defines social housing as housing subsidized by governments or organizations that is made available to those who would otherwise be unable to afford to obtain suitable and adequate housing in the private market. Social housing may be delivered by public and/or private stakeholders and may be owned by governments, non-profit corporations, for profit corporations, private organizations or co-operatives. It is made available for specified client groups, based on income limits and other needs or particular characteristics.

“Although social housing needs vary from country to country, there are many common challenges and issues, and the IHA provides a venue for international housing organizations to come together to discuss strategies and share solutions that can be implemented in their home countries,” said Lee. “Our goal is for all housing organizations attending the meeting to leave with pragmatic tools to contribute to helping to address the social housing needs in their own country in a cost-effective and efficient fashion.”

For over 30 years, the International Housing Association (IHA) has provided a unique housing policy and solutions forum, bringing together leaders of the housing sector from countries around the world. IHA’s growing membership spans nations from six continents, including both developed and developing countries. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) serves as the Secretariat of IHA.

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Stephanie Pagan