Paper presented at the XXXIII IAHS World Congress on Housing, 27-30 September 2005,"Transforming Housing Environments through Design", University of Pretoria.
ABSTRACT: Shelter for the urban poor is always a problem in the process of urbanization in developing countries. The objective of this paper is to assess the demand and provision of urban poor housing in the four local government units in Southern Mindanao, Philippines. Home lot ownerships were accessed through government shelter programs, while houses were provided by the urban poor themselves and through the assistance of NGOs. Even if gaps between need and delivery are unavoidable in every shelter programs, but the participatory approach of this research contributed positively to the approaches in local housing policies. The evolution of slum into a more permanent urban fabric was illustrated, and this must be further understood for a more feasible shelter program.
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