About Us

The Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) is a unique organisation. Established in 1976, we work across the world to identify innovative housing solutions in order to help improve living conditions for those with few housing choices. We do this through exchanging new ideas and introducing good practice. We organise and run the World Habitat Awards to identify the best international housing practice and run follow up activities, including peer exchange visits, to help transfer knowledge and initiate and establish housing excellence. Some activities develop into long term programmes. Our current programmes include scaling up community-led housing and we are starting a new programme aimed at ending street homelessness.