Due to the growing urbanization and worldwide development, there is an increasing need for cheap housing. The majority of people on earth today reside in cities, and this number will continue to rise by another 70% in the near years. While urbanization is growing and advancing the global economy, inequality and exclusion are also rising in cities, which might halt development. Building inclusive cities or cheap housing is still difficult, and as a result, urban dwellers in this developing globe are forced to live in underserved slums.

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An affordability housing index defines affordable housing as a dwelling with a household income at or below the median as determined by the local government. Mortgaged housing, emergency homeless shelters, transitional housing, non-market rentals, and typical housing all lead to cheap home ownership. However, there are various researches that have been done on affordable housing and the design of affordable housing is crucial in addressing the difficult issue of housing affordability, which is typically defined as requiring 30% of household income.

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Today in order to build sustainable and just communities, inclusivity in housing and affordability go hand in hand. Affordable housing is crucial in order to promote social and economic variation within communities. By offering housing options at a variety of costs, inclusionary development assures that those different income categories can coexist in the same neighborhood. Inclusive development means taking into account everyone’s needs, including those of those who have disabilities or mobility challenges. It follows the ideas of universal design, which emphasizes creating homes and other structures that can be accessed and utilized by residents belonging to any age and abilities.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing refers to dwellings that are accessible to those in society who earn less than the average household income. Residents’ quality of life is enhanced by affordable housing because it promotes improved health, sufficient employment opportunities, monetary security, safety, and population variety. Affordable housing has a significant impact on citizens and has the power to reshape communities, particularly when developments are created with urban growth. 

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In any developing country, the majority of people are engaged in the service sector for their living. So, with this, affordable housing is mostly convenient to people belonging to the service sector, however, professions are teachers, nurses, firefighters, housekeepers, etcetera. Affordable housing and inclusivity thrive for these people providing livable space and communities. With such developments, people would be able to get access to public transportation and other services, which helps them to get suitable jobs for themselves. 

Along with the development in housing, the in and around area goes for development, including amenities, functions, and services. This enhances the life quality and experience of its residents. These overall developments help to bring the residents together sharing their life in a social circle and developing themselves as an individual as well as a family. It allows them to reflect on themselves. Such components enhance residents’ living conditions and equip them with the resources they require to take care of themselves, be successful in their activities, and contribute positively to society.

Need for Affordable Housing 

Affordable housing increases the likelihood of social, intellectual, and professional success for residents. When housing is affordable and inclusive, people may devote more time and money to critical goods and services like healthcare, nutrition, education, child care, and transportation.

1. HEALTHY FOR THE SOCIETY

With various research and studies, with equitable affordable housing, the people tend to have a positive impact on their lives and well-being. Some positives are that it has increased the sense of security both physical and mental, and improved job and work opportunities, residential stability and quality, improved health and reduced health risks which are associated with poor housing, and many more.

On the contrary, homelessness and a lack of affordable housing can make physical and mental illnesses worse, expose inhabitants to health risks, and hinder the treatment of long-term medical issues. According to estimates from the UN, factors associated with poor housing cause 10 million deaths annually throughout the world.

2. SAFE FOR CHILDREN

Children’s health and well-being depend on stable, affordable housing. According to John Hopkins University research, children who live in homes that spend around 30% of their income on housing have higher intellectual and cognitive capacities than children who live in households that spend 50% or 20% of their income on housing. The quality of housing has a direct impact on children as they are more associated with the world around them while they grow.

3. PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES 

Particularly in metropolitan settings, well-designed affordable housing developments can have a significant positive impact on the neighboring community. Affordable housing benefits locals promotes social interaction, eases crowded conditions, raises the value of nearby properties, draws in businesses and employment, and lowers crime rates.

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4. CREATES AND PROMOTE JOBS 

People’s income and place of employment are influenced by where they live. The construction of affordable housing creates jobs for the neighborhood and boosts the local economy. The local jobs improve the 

5. ENHANCES AND REFLECTS DIVERSITY

By building communities that bring together people from various socioeconomic, educational, professional, and cultural backgrounds, affordable housing complexes foster diversity. Low-income, segregated communities have greater rates of poverty and serious suffering as a result of cities’ failure to provide adequate housing for families living in a variety of circumstances. Diverse communities tend to lessen racial tension and discrimination while fostering greater sensitivity to, fairness toward, and tolerance for, varied cultural backgrounds.

Housing, as we all know, comprises much more than just a roof or physicality. What affordable and inclusive housing most critically provides is the opportunity for a better life and optimism.

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Mansi, passionate about design, art and writing, focuses on research and the roots to figure out the solution. Mansi thrives for new experiences and exploration through writing and researching. Her idea and passion layed paths to explore and gave opportunities to learn and grow.