Housing poverty in Chile

  • 1,730 people served in FY18 1,730 people served in FY18
  • 336 volunteers hosted in FY18 336 volunteers hosted in FY18
  • Projects: construction, reconstruction, education Projects: construction, reconstruction, education

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

Chile is a highly urbanised country. Approximately 86% of the 17.5 million inhabitants live in urban areas.

In 2001, the United Nations estimated that 9% of Chile’s urban population were living in poor settlements, compared with 40% in 1990.

Disaster relief and response

Because of its geographical characteristics, Chile is prone to several types of natural disaster.

Our Chilean team’s greatest success — and primary source of funds — has been its partnership with governmental programmes, which combine existing housing subsidies with technical assistance programmes from Habitat.

A safer future

Thanks to the leadership of organisations such as ours and our partners, the government’s housing programme has helped people with low incomes obtain legal property through formal channels, thus creating a safer future for each family.

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.

a beneficiary family from Chile

Key facts & figures

  • Capital: Santiago
  • Date Of Independence: Sept. 18, 1810
  • Population: 18.4 million
  • Urbanisation: 87.9 %
  • Life expectancy: 79.79 years
  • Unemployment rate: 7.22 %
  • Population living below poverty line: 8.6 %

Disaster response and new houses

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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.

Child care

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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.

Indigenous communities

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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.