On 25th December 2020, the honourable Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the flagship programme of ‘Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu’ (Housing for the Poor). This landmark housing project aims to benefit nearly 30.75 lakh (a little over 3 million) families in the state through housing intervention.

Habitat for Humanity India has been appointed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh as a Knowledge Partner and will provide support in building homes for the families from the economically weaker section of the society through a state-wide intervention called Impact Andhra Pradesh.

As the first step, Habitat for Humanity India is organising a 2-day sector conference called India Housing Forum that will help create convergence and synergy to address the need for housing through community mobilization in a holistic, integrated approach. After the conference, Habitat India will be involved in the execution of the ‘Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu’ (Housing for the Poor) project with the Government of Andhra Pradesh which will be governed by an independent agreement at a later date.

The goal of this regional event of India Housing Forum is to accelerate the growth of housing in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Scheduled on 25th and 26th March 2021 in Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), the forum will bring together key Government stakeholders, policy-makers, corporates, architects, housing sector developers, non-governmental organizations with an aim to create coalitions to support the implementation of Impact Andhra Pradesh.

India Housing Forum organized by Habitat for Humanity India to focus on housing for economically weaker communities in Andhra Pradesh 

  • To complement the Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu’ initiative launched by the honourable Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Habitat India will provide housing and household support services leading up to shelter interventions to help 5,00,000 families build homes over the next 5 years.
  • Housing non-profit Habitat for Humanity India is the knowledge partner to the department of Housing of Government of Andhra Pradesh.

India Housing Forum – The Andhra Pradesh Chapter organized jointly by Habitat for Humanity India and Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation was launched by Dr. N Bharath Gupta, IAS – Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation Ltd and Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India.

The India Housing Forum – The Andhra Pradesh Chapter is supported by Mahindra Home Finance, Ultratech Cement Private Limited, Balmer Lawrie And Company Limited, Svatantra Micro Housing Finance Corporation Limited, Roca Parryware, ESAF Small Finance Bank and Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter.

“The behemoth initiative of Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu envisioned by our Honourable Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is one of the largest comprehensive program in the world to provide housing for over 3 million families from the Economically Weaker Section community. This will be a stellar example of how a government-led program on housing will holistically impact the people of Andhra Pradesh. India Housing Forum jointly organized by our knowledge partner Habitat for Humanity India and Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation is a significant step in this process,” said Dr. N. Bharat Gupta, IAS, Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, the housing sector will be a key driver for economic and social recovery. As a knowledge partner, we will provide housing and household support services leading upto shelter interventions impacting the lives of 5,00,000 families. The experience of building homes in over 70 countries and our Housing Support Services model will play a crucial role in accelerating the Chief Minister’s flagship initiative of Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu”, said Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India

Industry leaders like Mahindra Home Finance, Ultratech Cement Private Limited, Balmer Lawrie And Company Limited, Svatantra Micro Housing Finance Corporation Limited, Parryware and ESAF Small Finance Bank were the partners of the India Housing Forum.

Nearly 100 delegates from diverse sectors such as corporates, NGOs, academicians, housing supply chain, construction companies and technology providers participated in the forum in Visakhapatnam and virtually. Key themes emerging from the forum looked at convergence, synergy and inclusive partnerships between the public, private and people for addressing the housing deficit. It was agreed unequivocally that providing healthy, safe, secure and affordable housing to growing populations will only be possible if the most vulnerable are given a voice in the design and implementation processes.

India Housing Forum recognises and acts on the importance of shelter as a driver of inclusion, resilience and sustainability in human settlements.

For partnerships, please write to

Praveen Paul
Associate Director – Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
Habitat for Humanity India
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Samuel Peter
Director - Government Relations and HSS Activities
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