Determination of Housing Acquisition Capacity of Households: Living in Unacceptable Housing Units and Households with Risks of Eviction
Author: Eleanore V. Ramos, Maria Praxedes R. Peña & Faith Lea B. Cabrera
Housing or shelter is considered as a basic need. The government continually pursues decent housing accessibility of its citizens. Using the 2010 Census of Population and Housing results, the Housing and Urban Development Council and Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute developed a housing needs framework that identified four types of unacceptable housing units: homeless or not meant for human habitation; dilapidated; marginal; and, rent free lots without consent of owner. Since the 2010 CPH did not generate household income and expenditure data, the study was not able to estimate the investment that the government may need to subsidize decent housing acquisition of households living in unacceptable housing units. This research used the results of the 2012 Family Income and Expenditure Survey to estimate that investment. It evaluated the incomes and expenditure of households living in marginal housing units and units on rent free lots without consent of owner in order to determine their affordability levels in acquiring decent housing.