Access to housing and a decent living environment is a fundamental factor for people working themselves out of poverty as it increases their security and reduces their vulnerability. The UN Declaration of Human rights recognizes the right to housing as part of the right to an adequate standard of living. Adequate housing means it must be affordable, habitable, accessible, culturally appropriate and safe. Today, approximately one billion people lack access to housing solutions that meet these criteria, making it difficult to exercise other human rights such as health care, education, work and citizenship.
Since 2018, MUMYO has been involved in “Enhancing Young People’s Access to Adequate Housing (EYPAH) Project, being implemented in three districts including Mukono, Kayunga and Buikwe. The objective of the project is to promote sustainable livelihoods among the disadvantaged young men and women through access low cost housing and accessibility to land.
Under this project, people are encouraged to advocate for the right to adequate housing using the cooperative housing model, where members of the cooperative build the houses at lower costs and the cooperative manages the houses and the living environment. MUMYO lobby those in power, demanding public housing subsidies, access to land, security of tenure and access.