Poor and single mothers voice up for housing policy

Grantee Organisation: Central Vietnam Consultancy and Research Centre (CRCCD)

Project Location: The cities of Da Nang, Quang Ngai and Quy Nhon

Project Duration: May 2014 - January 2015

The problem: Poor and single mothers are amongst the most vulnerable groups that the government should target with specialised support because of their disadvantages in access to education, employment, health care, housing and child care. Da Nang is a pioneer city in addressing housing needs of this special target group by implementing a decent housing support policy in the form of social apartment buildings. Is this policy effective enough and can it be replicated to benefit more women, helping them overcome their difficulties?

The solution: CRCCD proposed to evaluate the status of housing for poor and single mothers in three cities of Da Nang, Quang Ngai and Quy Nhon, creating opportunities for the women to voice their needs as well as problems with the implementation of the housing policy in Da Nang. Findings and results from this research were used to propose solutions to improve the accessibility to housing for poor and single mothers in Da Nang, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces as well as recommendations to the revision of the Law on Housing.


  • Many women in different provinces experienced for the first time an opportunity to express their hopes and opinions on the housing policies.
  • The relevant authorities in the respective provinces recognised the need to support poor and single mothers as a special target group.
  • Limitations in the implementation of the Da Nang housing policy model, such as the remote location of housing making it harder to find jobs, the concentration of poor single-mother households living together or increased service and rental fees etc. have been shared with the city’s authorities for them to address.


"... Consulting opinions of single-woman headed households clearly shows their specific voice ... policy makers rely on these specific opinions as the basis to sum up policy formulation to complete the policy."

Ta Tu Binh, Vice Director of Legal Department, Da Nang’s People’s Council