We are dedicated to tackling housing poverty in Haiti by helping low-income families gain access to decent housing and accompanying them along their pathways to permanent housing.
We have served more than 57,000 families living in poverty in Haiti, many of them have been helped through the 2010 earthquake recovery programme. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living on less than US$2 per day. Political instability, food shortages, unemployment, tropical storms and hurricanes have sadly kept most Haitians locked in a cycle of poverty for generations.
Access to housing is an equally desperate situation. Before the earthquake in 2010, the country already faced a severe shortage of houses. The earthquake damaged 190,000 houses, and 105,000 more were destroyed, adding to the pre-existing backlog of 300,000 houses required to meet the growing shelter needs of the country. Of the more than 2 million affected survivors, more than 1.5 million were left homeless. Today, land tenure remains the biggest roadblock to rebuilding. Only clear and transparent land transfer processes can ensure that long-term housing reconstruction and redevelopment can take place.
Our work to tackle housing poverty in the country encompasses many types of projects. These include; new home construction, information sharing and learning sessions about gender rights and hygiene practices, community rebuilding (including retrofits, training and capacity building) and land reform advocacy.
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