Zambian Homeless People’s Federation

The Zambia Homeless and Poor People’s Federation was set up in 2001 with the support of the Zimbabwean Federation and Dialogue on Shelter as a response to the many challenges that the urban poor grapple with on a daily basis. To date, the movement has a total membership of 48,000 in 42 local municipalities. The Federation consists of families from urban and peri-urban communities, who have mobilized themselves and joined hands to fight homelessness & poverty through savings. Since 2005, People’s Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia has provided technical support and continued to mobilize financial resources to augment the financial contributions of the poor in the Zambian Federation. In addition, People’s Process also facilitates in developing linkages and partnerships with central government, local authorities, CBOs, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

Whilst the Alliance recognises that poor people in Zambia are fed up of their lives of poverty, fed up with landlessness and homelessness, fed up with their lack of access to power, clean water and resources, fed up with leaders who use poor people’s struggles to advance their individual needs, it is certainly not the intention of the partnership to make noise about these issues without doing anything. Instead the Alliance reaches out to the poor themselves and others to create an informed critical mass that will take positive and constructive steps to reverse all the social ills bedevilling the poor. It is certainly through urban poor communities coming together to address their challenges that homelessness and poverty can be eradicated in Zambia.