Guide to Preparing a Housing Finance Strategy

United Nations Human Settlements Programme Nairobi

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Date Published 2009
Primary Author UN-Habitat
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Theme Comparing Housing Finance Systems


A Housing Finance Strategy is a plan for deploying the resources available (and if needed increasing them) to finance the demand for housing by different segments of society. A Housing Finance Strategy is influenced by national, regional and sub-regional agendas and is linked to a wide range of other strategies and factors. This guide sets out the key elements of a housing finance strategy and the process of developing a housing finance strategy, including the study of housing demand, identifying available resources, market forces and strategies to accomplishing housing finance goals and objectives. It provides assistance for member states on how to prepare successful housing finance strategies and action plans. It guides member states in their future housing finance planning and better positions themselves to meet market potentials and address the gap between demand and supply in housing finance.

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