Housing poverty in the Dominican Republic

  • 32,125 people served in FY18 32,125 people served in FY18
  • +990 volunteers hosted in FY18 +990 volunteers hosted in FY18
  • Projects: Home improvements, construction, market development Projects: Home improvements, construction, market development

We have been addressing housing poverty in the Dominican Republic since 1986.

We improve the living conditions of low-income families through access to safe, decent housing. In the past 30 years, we have served more than 6,000 families.

Building safe homes

The housing deficit in the Dominican Republic exceeds 1.2 million units, about 60% of which is qualitative (UNDP 2010).

This qualitative deficit, representing the number of inadequate, unsafe homes, is greater than the quantitative deficit, and it is growing at an average of 50,000 to 60,000 homes per year.

The priority: housing improvements

At a national level, the housing production system is auto-production, or social production, which is the construction of housing by families and communities.

The high cost of professional construction services and the low incomes of many families do not allow these families to access formal means of construction, and this aggravates the poor quality and lack of security of the homes.

We have diversified the types of service we offer, focusing on home rehabilitation and repairs with our "housing support services" programme.

Key facts & figures

  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Proclaimed independence: Feb. 27, 1844
  • Population: circa 10.69 million
  • Urbanisation: 83.8%
  • Life expectancy: 72.56 years
  • Unemployment rate: 5.1 %
  • Population living below poverty line: 21 %

Housing support services

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We support families with products and services that help them reach the goal of having an adequate house and converting that house into durable capital.

Volunteer mobilisation

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We mobilise volunteers to support construction and nonconstruction activities at the national, local and international levels to reduce costs, generate income and to promote the cause of adequate, affordable housing.

Disaster Risk Reduction and financial services

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We reduce vulnerability to disasters by enhancing risk reduction systems and restoring the habitat and means of subsistence in communities affected by disasters.

We also mobilise new capital to provide microcredit for housing to low-income families, working in partnership with other organisations.