Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti Earthquake USAID Fact Sheet #48

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– As of April 1, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners had reached more than 1.9 million people—approximately 94 percent of the targeted caseload—with food assistance since phase two distributions began on March 6.

– On March 30, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) noted that sectoral clusters are transitioning from a policy of providing assistance by settlement to providing assistance by neighborhood to reduce service incentives to remain in settlements rather than choosing other shelter options.

– In collaboration with the Government of Haiti (GoH), U.N. agencies and international partners have developed a five-option framework to allow displaced persons residing in flood-prone areas to choose alternate settlements, including returning to habitable houses, returning to plots near former houses, residing with host families, remaining in spontaneous settlements with engineering improvements, or moving to GoH-planned resettlement sites.

– On March 25, the GoH declared eminent domain over a 7,450 hectare plot of land north of Port-au-Prince for resettlement. The U.N. has assessed a 450 hectare section of land, known as the Corail Cesselesse site, determining the site suitable for emergency resettlement of up to 20,000 people, according to IOM staff.

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