Housing poverty in Honduras

  • 13,810 people served in FY18 13,810 people served in FY18
  • 866 volunteers hosted in FY18 866 volunteers hosted in FY18
  • Projects: construction, reconstruction, education Projects: construction, reconstruction, education

We started operations to fight housing poverty in Honduras in 1989 and received legal status as a charity there in 1993.

Our national office is located in San Pedro Sula, and today it has seven regional offices covering about 70 municipalities.

Poor housing

Of Honduras’ population of over 9 million, around 66.5% of families live in poverty.

More than 46% live in extreme poverty, and half of the population lives in rural areas where poverty reaches 75%. When drilling down further into these statistics, we realised that:

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Lack of basic infrastructure

  • 13% of the households do not have access to water and sanitation
  • 16% of the households are overcrowded
  • 50% of the households in the rural zone do not have electricity

The housing deficit reaches 1.1 million. Throughout the country, 750,000 houses are unsafe and require improvements, and over 400,000 families need a new home.

High risk

For this population, gaining access to a decent home through commercial mechanisms is practically impossible.

The poor are not considered a high-risk population, and therefore they are not eligible for assistance.

How we address housing poverty in Honduras

We are committed to helping communities through the construction and improvement of houses, prioritising the most vulnerable families.

Key facts & figures

  • Capital:Tegucigalpa
  • Proclaimed independence: Sept. 15, 1821
  • Population – circa 9.45 million
  • Urbanization – 59.6%
  • Life expectancy – 75.17 years
  • Unemployment – 5.6%
  • Poverty line – 48.3%

Building safe homes for the poorest

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Our programme serves families in need of an adequate house, with two standard models of 36 square metres and 48 square metres. We also reach those families who need to improve or finish their home through minor additions such as:

- Wooden stoves
- Latrines
- Water filters
- Wooden doors and windows, or through the installation of doors and windows with a metal or synthetic screen.

Finally, "Grupos Solidarios" (United Groups/Communities) is a form of micro-credit given to a group of 3 to 5 families interested in improving or expanding their homes.

Training skills and community development

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This project entails the integral training for families who are beginning the construction process with our local team, using two modules: “Knowing Habitat” and “Financial Literacy.”

This project allows us to promote transforming and sustainable community development, understood as a lasting change in the community, empowering the individuals, generating links, and promoting leadership and continuous work.

Advocacy in public policies

This is a strategic project intended to change legal and political frameworks — the systems, practices, programs and allocation of public resources - to ensure that central and local governments invest in infrastructures (electricity, water systems) that will benefit poorer populations. In some cases, this advocacy is aimed at getting support and funding from private organisations.

We are also promoting housing policies in each and every one of the country’s municipalities that include budget allocation for social housing. Also, being part of the "Red de Organizaciones Desarrolladoras de Vivienda Solidaria" (REDVISOL - network of development organisations for solidarity of housing), we advocate for adequate housing policies in the central government.
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