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Housing Needs in Haiti


The need for housing in Haiti is great, and rebuilding after one of the worst urban natural disasters in history will take time. Challenges to progress in the shelter sector include:


Lack of Available Stock: The lack of adequate affordable housing has been a longstanding issue in Haiti; the destruction caused by the 2010 earthquake exacerbated the problem. According to Government of Haiti estimates, over the next 10 years, the Port-au-Prince region alone will require up to 500,000 additional housing units to make up for the pre-earthquake housing shortage, replace stock lost during the disaster, and accommodate the significant amount of expected urban growth.


Unclear Land Tenure: According to Government of Haiti estimates, as much as 70 percent of Port-au-Prince’s pre-quake population lived in informal settlements. In many cases, land tenure was governed by a range of informal arrangements involving renters and owners. This included multiple layers of ownership, where one person may have owned the land and another the building, while a third person rented living space. Identifying clear ownership is the crucial first step to rebuilding.


Lack of Governmental Capacity: The Government of Haiti continues to rebuild after many of its most experienced civil servants were killed in the earthquake.


Hope to Haiti will continue its strategic alliance with the Caring House Project Foundation to address this ongoing need. Through 2016 we have built 210 homes, 5 community centers/schools/churches, provided clean water, solar lighting, and livestock to help sustain our new communities.


Help us house Haiti’s people. Donate now. http://www.hopetohaiti.com

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