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US Government Haiti Housing Project Falls Short

A USAID audit of a US housing project for Haiti found that the project has fallen far short of its goals after the 2010 earthquake. USAID increased funding in order to compensate for its shortcomings but delays have been blamed on many things, such as protests and land tenure disputes. USAID is now considering using mortgages to build homes. Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti Trenton Daniel, Associated Press April 15, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday. The audit by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development said the project to build 4,000 houses outside Haiti’s capital resulted in the construction of only 816. The […]

Thousands of Haitians Still Lack Housing Post-Quake

While the Haitian government has had a few housing successes post-quake, such as Village Lumane Casimir and emptying many IDP camps in Port-au-Prince, thousands of Haitians still remain in camps. After money from the government’s 16/6 Plan ran out, those without jobs ended up right back in dilapidated shelters. Everyone still questions what happened to the billions in aid money post-quake, and all the jobs that were supposed to be created by new construction around the capital. Despite an outpouring of aid after the devastation of Port-au-Prince, it’s the same old story for many of the city’s poor. Lisa Armstrong, TakePart April 11, 2014 Richard François felt relief and a sliver of hope the day he moved his family into the house a few minutes from the homeless camp in the Champs de Mars, one of Port-au-Prince’s main public squares, where […]

IDP Camps Still a Problem in Haiti, Despite Improvements

A recent International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report shows that despite a 91% drop in families living in IDP camps, many are returning or have no prospect of leaving to begin with. The IOM said the government has made progress in eradicating IDP camps but it needs to be strongly committed in order to empty them all. Haiti’s homeless earthquake victims drop significantly, but worry continues The number of people internally displaced by Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake and living in squalid camps has dropped by 91 percent. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 8, 2014 They once numbered as many as 1.5 million, living underneath tattered tents and in squalid camps dotted across Haiti’s congested capital and nearby cities. But four years after the country’s devastating earthquake, the number of Haitians displaced by the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster and still living in […]

Amnesty International Calls Attention to Ongoing Haiti Housing Crisis

Following a report from the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Haiti, Amnesty International would like to call attention to the housing crisis that is still going on in Haiti, more than four years after the Earthquake. Haiti must take immediate action to prevent forced evictions and relocate internally-displaced persons: Amnesty International oral statement to the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Amnesty International March 31, 2014 25 March 2014 Item 10 Interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti Mr President, Amnesty International welcomes the report of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti. We share the Expert’s analysis in relation to the five key problems contributing to human rights violations in Haiti which need to be immediately addressed. Regarding the lack of enjoyment […]

Communiqué de presse MCC sur les logements en Haïti

Pour commémorer le quatrième anniversaire du tremblement de terre, Wawa et Kristen Chege ont rédigé un communiqué de presse sur les logements et le choléra. Ci-dessous est celui sur les logements. Click HERE for the English version. Pour mettre fin aux expulsions forcées de personnes déplacées internes et agir contre la crise de logements à long terme Wawa et Kristen Chege, MCC Latin America Advocacy Blog January 2014 Joe, a four year old orphan, sitting in a park in the General Hospital. Photo by Olav A. Saltbones, IFRC, Creative Commons License Quatre ans après le tremblement de terre, les Haïtiens sont toujours confrontés à une crise des logements. En 2009, même avant le tremblement de terre, il manquait environ 300 000 logements. Après le tremblement de terre, ce chiffre s’est élevé à 500 000, ce qui représente plus de 1,5 million de […]

Plans for Reconstruction in Haiti Are Succeeding

There has been a lot of progress in rebuilding in Port au Prince, though many think it’s still not enough. This article discusses what is being done and what’s planned for getting people out of tent camps into permanent housing, as well as information from Haitians, government officials, and developers post-quake. Port-au-Prince: collision of ideals and aid have yoked progress In a post-earthquake city that has seen coups, invasions and disease, redevelopment is either going strong or standing still depending on who you speak to and what their agenda is Rashmee Roshan Lall, The Guardian January 27, 2014 Nearly four years after the earthquake that eviscerated their city, Jimmy Alex, a chauffeur, and Magalie Noel, a schoolteacher, personify Haiti‘s capacity for resilient hope and determined rebuilding amid the ruins that remain on their doorstep. At either end of the social spectrum, […]

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