Outreach of Pro-poor Housing Programs and Projects: Is it sustained?


  • Gowthami Sai Dubagunta Faculty of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad
  • Sejal Patel Faculty of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, India & PhD Fellow, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.




Affordable housing for urban poor is one among the hot button issues among all policy makers and planners in countries of global south.  Grand schemes with extravagant promises in the formal sector and gigantic hope for informal sector, to capture the opportunity at bottom of pyramid, are simultaneously trying to curb the problem of affordable housing shortage for urban poor. Even though private sector does not purposely seek to cater housing for lower income sections, yet large quantum of investment have been witnessed in housing for the urban poor. It is well known that in a free market tussle, the highest bidder is always the winner.  This has been a major reason for creation of artificial shortage of housing for poor. And the scenario is worse in case of public housing, where, half of the units are either left purposeless or used by ineligible users, largely due to risk of impoverishment and improper post occupancy vigilance. The magnitude of post occupancy problems being unexplored, the objective of paper pertains to looks at the challenges and issues in sustaining targeted outreach to intended beneficiaries in housing supply models for urban poor. The paper elaborates distinct challenges through three housing supply models in Ahmedabad, India. The models are Rehabilitation Housing, Subsidized Housing by government and market provided Housing. The method is mixed method i.e. qualitative and quantitative research using primary and secondary data sources. The critical analysis of effective outreach is carried by studying policy rhetoric in each of the models to on ground veracity in the post occupancy stage of model by assessing end user satisfaction in each model.


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How to Cite

Dubagunta, G. S., & Patel, S. (2016). Outreach of Pro-poor Housing Programs and Projects: Is it sustained?. International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.11113/ijbes.v3.n1.107