Sheltering Series #3: Sheltering From A Gathering Storm Indian Housing Policy Landscape: A Review of Indian Actors in the Housing Arena

Authors:  Kate Hawley, Dilip Singh, Bijay Singh 

India is urbanizing at an incredibly fast pace. The report on Indian Urban Infrastructure and Services (2011) estimates that by 2031 nearly 600 million people will live in urban centres. The 12th Five Year Plan notes there is a shortage of 18.78 million dwelling units and most of this deficit is for the lower income groups in urban areas. The McKinsey report estimates that by 2030, around 38 million households will be unable to afford housing at market prices. Affordability of housing in the current urban market is one of the key challenges faced by many middle and low-income households. There is also a marked absence of government policies and incentives to help low-income groups and economically weaker sections own a house in the urban area. This report reviews current stakeholders and programs related to the India housing arena and identifies key gaps that need to be addressed if current housing issues are to change.


Kate Hawley, Dilip Singh, & Singh, B. (2013). Indian Housing Policy Landscape: A Review of Indian Actors in the Housing Arena (The Sheltering Series No. 3). Boulder, CO. Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.  

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The Sheltering Series describes the background, policy landscape, methodology and approach used by the Sheltering From a Gathering Storm team and highlights key issues that were discovered and explored during the project in India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Sheltering From a Gathering Storm aims to improve the understanding of the costs and benefits of climate-resilient shelter design, and contribute towards the transformative change necessary to make communities more resilient to future disasters. For more information about the project and other available materials, please see: 

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