Focus Areas


Our robust model identifies critical gaps in slum sanitation and facilitates individual toilets to slum dwellers, while creating behavioral change in communities around Wash, waste segregation and menstrual hygiene…Know More


Not just affordable housing, we ensure land rights and security of tenure while involving communities in designing fully-functional, liveable homes completing the transformation from slums to societies…Know More


We have pioneered the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for poverty mapping in the late 90’s and use spatial data to improve the delivery of essential services in urban slums.. Know More

OUR Story

A passion to transform the lives of the urban poor drove architect Pratima Joshi and her two friends to lay the foundation of Shelter Associates (SA) 3 decades back. Using the objective strength of data and sensitivity lent by deep community engagement, SA creates a level playing field where multiple stakeholders can easily collaborate to achieve a shared vision of equitable access to essential services. This changes the power dynamic and the communities becomes equal partners in this continuously evolving story of urban development.

Building communities through Mobilization

The urban slum communities are our partners in this journey of ensuring equitable distribution of rights and essential services to all. We engage with them    through a host of educational and empowering developmental activities. Different types of formal and informal activities are conducted that are impacting  individuals of all age groups and genders. Also, innovative IEC Materials are developed to further involve the communities in a fun and engaging way..


Slum Houses Surveyed

Home Toilets Facilitated

Individuals Rehabilitated Through Housing

Digital Locational Addresses

Individuals Impacted

latest happenings

Construction Commenced with grand Bhoomipujan!

Bondre Nagar redevelopment project crossed an important milestone as the construction commenced post a grand Bhoomipujan (Worshipping the Land) ceremony organized by the community. Stakeholders cheered as foundation stone was laid!

Massive Solid Waste Awareness Campaign in Navi Mumbai!

SA and NMMC conducted a unique Solid Waste Management (SWM) Awareness Campaign in Navi Mumbai. Our team has been making presentations and conducting fun quizzes to educate the citizenry on the importance of segregating solid waste into dry, wet, and toxic for better health of the people and the environment.

Read our February 2023 Newsletter

SA’s February 2023 Newsletter is out! Can you imagine living in a house without an address? Read all about how SA’s innovative application of Plus Codes technology is improving the locational accessibility of lakhs of slum houses.


“Due to my old age, my granddaughter would assist me to the community toilet. I worried for her safety. I am extremely grateful to Shelter Associates who came as a blessing and solved my biggest problem by giving us a toilet at our home.”

- Lata Misal,

Beneficiary from Pune

“The One Home One Toilet model is robust and can be scaled easily to other urban areas within the country. With SA’s and Pune Municipal Corporation’s partnership, we are confident of achieving the targets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”

- Kunal Kumar,

Municipal Commissioner of Pune

“UNICEF appreciates SA’s end-to-end data-driven approach and innovative use of spatial data along with Plus Codes technology that helped us identify and administer Covid vaccines to the most vulnerable individuals living in crowded slums.”

- Devika Deshmukh,

Program Specialist Urban, UNICEF

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Shelter Associates

SA was founded by architects in 1994 with a passion to ensure equitable access to essential services for the urban poor. SA follows a data-driven, multistakeholder approach to designing and implementing community-centric solutions around sanitation and social housing issues. Know More

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