International Year of Shelter for the Homeless

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The International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (IYSH) was recognized in 1987 by the United Nations. It was first declared, in principle, in UN resolution 36/71[1] in 1981, and proclaimed officially in 1982 in resolution 37/221.[2] It was mainly aimed at improving shelter / housing for the poor in general (and not just homeless people), especially in developing countries. It was also a follow-up to the Habitat I conference in 1976.


In several countries, national actions were created, such as Australia which created an IYSH Secretariat, or the United Kingdom where a trust was created to collect donations from housing associations for shelter projects in developing countries, with some projects part-funded by the Overseas Development Administration. The trust later evolved into the NGO Homeless International (now operating as Reall, or Real Equity for All).


The World Habitat Awards were created by the BSHF as their contribution to the IYSH. Two other prizes were created by the Japan Housing Association as awards to deserving housing projects, the IYSH Memorial Prize in 1988 and the IYSH Memorial Encouragement Prize in 2006.[3]

Number Year Memorial Prize Memorial Encouragement Prize
1 1988 Father Jorge Anzorena[4]
2 1989 Somsook Boonyabancha[4]
3 1990 Arif Hasan and Sister Annie Abion[4]
4 1991 Johan Silas and Enrique Ortiz[4]
5 1992 SPARC[4]
6 1993 Freedom to Build[4]
7 1994 People's Dialogue South Africa[4]
8 1995 Women's Bank and Pagtambayayong Foundation[4]
9 1996
10 1997
11 1998
12 1999 Human Settlements Foundation (Thailand)[4]
13 2000
14 2001 Sevanatha (Sri Lanka)[4]
15 2002 Shack Dwellers Federation Namibia and ASAG Ahmedabad[4]
16 2003
17 2004 Denis Murphy[4]
18 2005
19 2006 Lumanti (Nepal)[4] TAO-Pilipinas (Philippines)[5]
20 2007 Teofang Tnaut (Cambodia)[6]
21 2008 Help-O (Sri Lanka)[4] Urban Development Resource Center (Mongolia)[3]
22 2009 Urban Poor Development Fund in Cambodia[4]
23 2010


  1. ^ UN resolution 36/71, 4 december 1981
  2. ^ Un resolution 37/221, 20 December 1982
  3. ^ a b UNCRD, IYSH Prize
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o ACHR E-News July 2010
  5. ^ TAO Newsletter
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-27. Retrieved 2012-09-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)