Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

Housing Subsidies, Reconstruction Didn’t Benefit Poor Haitians

Although there are lots of new buildings and a lot of construction going on all over Haiti, those living in the slums benefit none of it.  Although many received subsidies so they could move out of tents in Port-au-Prince parks and public areas, the money quickly ran out and their situations haven’t improved. Haitian earthquake: Daunting challenges remain four years after disaster Nation rebuilding has begun, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says, but more money is needed for progress to continue. Catherine Porter, Toronto Star January 12, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—This city is a totally different place that it was four years ago today, when one of the world’s worst natural disasters hit it: a 7.0-magnitudeearthquake that shattered thousands of buildings and killed up to 300,000 people. In fact, some afternoons looking out the car window as I drive around, I can forget […]

Reconstruction & Hope in Canaan Four Years Post-Quake

Canaan, a city that sprung up on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince after the earthquake, risks ending up like the rest of the unstable buildings that collapsed so easily in the 2010 quake. The Haitian government housing director, USAID and others who recognize the problem hope to come up with solutions and reconstruct soon.  This article also cites IJDH’s report on the 16/6 Housing plan, found HERE. Four years after the earthquake, Haiti looks to turn disaster into promise Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 11, 2014 CANAAN, Haiti — The sun-baked cinderblocks in Claude Saint-Elys’ dirt yard are an eroding reminder of the dream: a two-bedroom house with enough room for him, his wife and five surviving children. “We have rocks and blocks. That’s it,” Saint-Elys, who lost his 5-year-old son in the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, said about building his dream […]

Fact Sheet on Haiti’s Housing Crisis

Below is an excerpt from this document. Click HERE for the full version. January 6, 2014 Summary of Findings in Long-Term Assessment of Haitian Government’s 16/6 Housing Plan for Earthquake Victims A recent survey conducted by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) indicates that victims of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake who received cash rental subsidies under the Haitian government’s 16/6 housing plan face another housing crisis as their aid money runs out.  The survey also found that most aid recipients’ standard of living is worse now than before the earthquake. Methodology: With the help of students from the Haiti Education & Leadership Program (HELP) and Fordham Law School, IJDH and  BAI conducted a long-term study of the sustainability and effectiveness of the 16/6 plan, which was implemented by the International Organization on Migration […]

Haiti’s Housing Crisis: Relocated Families Live in Worse Conditions

South Florida Caribbean News July 15, 2012 BOSTON – The Haitian government housing program is a not a durable or sustainable solution to Haitian’s tent-camp housing crisis, according to a survey of residents conducted by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). The survey interviewed 75 households that had been relocated from six internally displaced persons (IDP) camps under the government’s housing program implemented by the International Organization of Migration (IOM). The housing program (called the “16/6” Program), which affects only 5% of the camp population, subsidizes residents with up $500 to pay their rent for a year. The survey results indicated some positive results in the short-term. Two-thirds of families reported that their living situation was better now than when living in the camps, and almost three-quarters said they felt safer […]

Too Soon For Carnival: Sweeping Haiti’s 400,000 Poor Back Under the Rug

By Mark Schuller, Huffpost World July 8, 2012 For those who haven’t been to Haiti for a while, or for those who have never been but have seen the hell on earth portrayed in the media, the fact that Champs-de-Mars and other plazas in Port-au-Prince are no longer home to thousands of people is a symbol of progress. Celebrating this “liberation” of public spaces, President Martelly is planning a Carnival des Fleurs, a tradition under Duvalier, scheduled to begin July 29, a day after the anniversary of the 1915 U.S. invasion. For the 390,276 people the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates who are still under ripped sheets of plastic or tarp, it’s too soon to celebrate. Many believe this relocation of camps on highly-visible areas is akin to sweeping the garbage off the floor only to have it out of sight […]

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