Project SHELTER

Housing is one of the basic requirements of human beings. Adequate shelter for each and every household is a fundamental pre-requisite for a healthy living in any society. From a social point of view a house provides significant economic security and status in society. For a homeless person a house brings about a profound social change in his existence, endowing him with an identity. A house or shelter, how so ever serves all aspect of basic need of poor households without which it is difficult to survive. It provides them both physical and mental strength and psychological base on which they can fall back while accessing other basic needs such as food, clothing, etc. For a poor household, a house constitutes an asset that can be offered as a collateral security for a loan during difficult periods. A house also protects a poor household from the vagaries of nature, in the absence of which they are forced to take to streets and live in open. Apart from a house provides security to people. Desire to have a shelter of any kind devoid of sanitary facilities can well be observed in urban areas, where the slums exist for providing shelter to the people of lower income groups. Those who cannot obtain a shelter in slums are compelled to spend their nights in footpaths, railway platforms or even at public places. The scene of rural areas are different from urban areas where slums obviously do not exist but absence of shelter can very well be observed among the weaker sections. Mostly landless labourers, members of the weaker sections are providing sheltering landlord's house as attached or bonded labour or as servants and maids in lieu of work. The rural scenario is fast changing with the implementation of land reforms programme, cropping pattern, system of wage payment and other newer avenues for work, which has been opening up gradually. As a result more and more weak sections of the society are displaced from their existing shelter. In India nearly three-fourth of population lives in rural areas. It is here that the housing needs are most unmet. As a matter of fact the problems of homelessness and slums in urban areas are largely on spill over problems of inadequate rural habitat.

Project SHELTER comes under EMPOWERINGINDIA Scheme:

  1. Housing as a basic need.
  2. Housing as a production activity that stimulates employment and generation of savings.
  3. It also outlines the steps for dealing with various constraints to housing activity.
  4. Rehabilitation of households affected by natural calamities.
  5. Giving special attention to the needs of economically weaker, homeless and other disadvantaged groups.
  6. Setting up of suitable Institutional structure for strengthening the existing rural development agencies at state, district and local levels to meet the need of the housing sector.
  7. Considering the importance of providing shelter to homeless in rural India,

Vision of Project SHELTER:

Our Vision is to provide shelter to all in form of house with basic facilities, who can't afford it?

Mission of Project SHELTER:

The mission of Project SHELTER is to end homelessness and create a co-operative environment.

For any further information on the current status of the project SHELTER, send a query to SHELTER@hwc.international.

Frequently Asked Questions

Project SHELTER stands for Housing, Opportunities for Employment. Project SHELTER empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Project SHELTER recognises the following activities-

Basic House – We provide permanent housing and support services for people who are or were homeless (or at risk of homelessness). We emphasize a holistic approach and serve primarily individuals with a history of mental illness, addiction or both. We coordinate teams of outreach professionals from non-profit, non-government and social service organizations.

There are many ways to help Project SHELTER to end homelessness, and we could not do our work without the assistance of many generous people and organizations! Opportunities to get involved include:

  • Financial Contributions can be made either online, cheque or Demand Draft in favor of HUMANITY WELFARE COUNCIL, payable at NEW DELHI, INDIA. We appreciate online payments for transparency.
  • Contributions in form of materials required can also be made by individuals and organizations.
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No, Project SHELTER is recognised under EMPOWERINGINDIA Scheme of HUMANITY WELFARE COUNCIL.

The strength of the staff members of Project SHELTER changes from time to time. The actual Strength depends on the running phase of the project. Project SHELTER has different Phases.

There can different reasons for homelessness.

  • Natural Disasters, Structural, personal, and political factors can result in homelessness.
  • Poverty due to lack of unemployment.
  • Lack of affordable transportation
  • Lack of affordable housing and inadequate housing assistance.
  • Lack of affordable health care
  • Domestic violence

We can't satisfy every persons need at the same time. This is the main reason we have initiated project SHELTER phase wise. The team of project SHELTER does a intensive research on the needs of the homeless people and then they are provided with the necessary items and the project is completed.

Since, we build house for the economically weaker and homeless people we don't expect financial assistance from them. But, physical labour is welcomed.

The funding for project SHELTER is raised from Crowd funding Platforms, individuals, organisations and material contributions from individuals and organisations.

We often encounter persons on the streets who ask for money. Do not give a person money – instead, we should do what we can to help a homeless person get the appropriate services he or she needs to get off the streets.

  • Always treat someone with respect and dignity.
  • Greet a homeless person in a friendly manner.
  • If you feel comfortable, offer to buy a cup of coffee or a meal.