|Project title||Decent and affordable housing for all|
|Thematic area||Action projects|
|Name of the organization||Habitat for Humanity Hungary Foundation|
|Phone||+36 1 3541084|
|Project manager||Koltai Luca|
|Project timeframe||September 1st, 2015 - February 28th, 2016|
|Amount of support||9,038 €|
In March 2015, the government eliminated the normative housing subsidy and the debt-management service. As a reaction to these changes, Habitat for Humanity Hungary (HFH) launched an advocacy campaign with the goal of raising awareness about the problem of housing affordability.
A street action was organized on the World Habitat Day in early October in Budapest. As part of this, a house-installation was placed at a busy public space and an audiovisual exhibition was organized to presents stories about how elimination of the subsidies affected the lives of people living in housing poverty. HFH also launched a public consultation, where people could send postcards to the Hungarian government. Around 300 people were involved in the event.
Next, HFH launched a sensitizing online game to raise public awareness about the various housing situations that low-income families experience (through the characters of the game) to point out that most state and municipality subsidies do not help those families who are in dire need. The online game gained relatively wide media coverage. More than 40 000 viewers clicked at the website of the game, the number of participants who completed the whole game is around 2500 (measured by Google Analytics). Altogether, HFH organized five lobby meetings with government and municipality officials, where the organization presented its recommendations. The campaign did not result in concrete policy changes. HFH continues to lobby and to pressure the government.