We have been addressing housing poverty in Chile for many years.
We work with communities and families to provide housing solutions, training for communities and offering different services in an efficient and sustainable way, thus benefiting the whole nation.
Social housing for the poorest and most vulnerable
Due to socio-environmental disasters such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and forest fires, Chile is a country in permanent reconstruction. It has much to learn to better face nature’s challenges and reduce constant vulnerability.
Projects In Chile
How Habitat Addresses The Need
“Our Children Return Home” Project
Under the Nuestroshijosvuelven a casa or “Our Children Return Home” program, we build rooms and make home improvements so that sick children can be with their families at home during difficult times.
Habitat for Humanity Chile works in partnership with other institutions in response to the different socio-environmental disasters the country faces. Programs for toolkits and reconstruction work such as building of houses, among others, have been developed for families and communities.
In the 1980s, thousands of affordable housing units were built to counter the major housing deficit during that time. Thousands of families became owners of 387.5 to 409 square feet apartments. But since the units were in high-rise buildings, the living space cannott be easily extended in a safe and harmonious way.
Habitat Chile and other stakeholders have been able to change the lives of these families by making high-rise extensions, which increase the area of each apartment and improve the buildings’ quality and architecture.
How We Address Housing Poverty In Chile
We focus on helping people who are in vulnerable conditions or affected by special situations, such as children with serious…
We focus on helping people who are in vulnerable conditions or affected by special situations, such as children with serious diseases or disabilities, families caring for older adults, women headed households, or homes affected by earthquakes and emergencies.
These projects are made possible through the resources of donors — individuals, foundations and enterprises — along with opportunities for volunteers (both national and international), and the commitment and support of partner families and institutions.
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These projects include the construction of new houses, emergency houses and progressive houses; the installation of the tools and materials bank; the assembly of tool kits for isolated locations and vulnerable families; and the provision of participatory diagnoses, training and technical assistance to help families recover from disasters.
In addition to the projects above, our team continues to build houses through government subsidies.
Children with life-threatening diseases who remain in a house with inadequate conditions risk the success of their treatment. In response to this, we're building, or in some cases improving, rooms in the families’ homes that meet the requirements of the child’s medical treatment, allowing these children to remain under the care of their family.
As a result of different programmes focused on indigenous groups, we have developed house construction projects that preserve the design and building methods of the Mapuches. We also have helped the communities of Atacama recover their equity. These projects recognise the living conditions and respect the traditions and language of the Mapuches, working jointly with their architects and tribal authorities.
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