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Haiti must act to address housing crisis – Oxfam


604The housing sector was hard hit by the 2010 earthquake, with losses and damages totalling $3 billion and the demand for housing increasing from 300,000 to 500,000 homes after the quake, Oxfam said in its May report. Over 200,000 people died in the disaster.

Efforts to build the new homes needed have been hampered by Haiti’s weak institutions and leadership, poor coordination, lack of funds for private sector building firms, land tenure problems, and little land being under state control.

“The state of Haiti’s housing is disastrous, the need for change is urgent, and the scale of required change is massive. This is not a time for caution,” the report said.

“Act as if Haiti has a national crisis, because it does. No longer can anyone claim that the disruption in Haiti’s cities is simply an aftermath of the earthquake,” it added. via – Oxfam.

 

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