Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Petition Letter: Give Hope and Homes to Haiti’s Earthquake Victims

About this Petition:

Over two years after an earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital, almost half a million people still live in displacement camps under shredded plastic tarps and tattered tents. They face high rates of gender-based violence; they lack access to clean water and toilets; and now, in yet another rainy season, they face flooding and a surge in cholera. One in five is also at risk of imminent forced eviction. These are people fighting to hold onto hope.

Join Haiti’s homeless, who demand that the Haitian Government immediately halt all forced evictions until public or affordable housing is made available. The Haitian Government must, with the support of its allies and donor governments in the U.S., Canada, and Europe move quickly to: 1) designate land for housing; 2) create one centralized government housing institution to coordinate and implement a social housing plan; and 3) solicit and allocate funding to realize this plan.

The earthquake destroyed or damaged 175,000 homes, exacerbating the crisis of homelessness in Port-au-Prince. Only 13,198 homes have been rebuilt, and only 4,747 new homes have been constructed. The Haitian Government has no comprehensive plan to relocate the hundreds of thousands of people in camps into safe homes.

Please sign this urgent petition which parallels a Creole petition being circulated by Haitian grassroots organizations. An international outcry now can force the Haitian government to address Haiti’s epidemic of homelessness.

This petition is sponsored by:
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Petition Letter:

Give Hope and Homes to Haiti’s Earthquake Victims

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Haiti’s President, Prime Minister and Parliament.

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Give Hope and Homes to Haiti’s Earthquake Victims

We are outraged that, despite the outpouring of international generosity in the post-earthquake months, more people live in camps in Port-au-Prince than in the city of Miami. We join Haitians in calling for a solution: affordable housing.

We call on you to immediately halt all forced evictions and ensure that camps for internally displaced people, on private or public land, are not destroyed or closed until public or affordable housing is available.

Haitians have spent over two years in horrific conditions and are asking for homes. We urge you to designate land for housing, make construction materials available and affordable, create one centralized government housing institution to coordinate and implement a social housing plan, and allocate the funds necessary to realize this plan.

We stand with those who are bouke viv anba tant—tired of living in camps – and we will stand with them until they have homes.

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Sincerely,

[Your name]

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