MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti

MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

400,000 Homeless Still Wait For a Plan: Support Housing Rights in Haiti



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Please click here to sign the petition.
Over two years after an earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital, almost 400,000 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 a joint initiative of dozens of Haitian grassroots groups and these international sponsors. Please click here to sign.
Alternative Chance/Chans Altènativ
Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN)
Coalition of Classist Tendencies (Venezuela)
Convergence of Movements of Peoples of the Americas (COMPA)
Council of Popular and Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH)
Fraternal Organization of Black Hondurans (OFRANEH)
Gender Action
Grassroots International
Haiti Justice Alliance
Haiti Support Group
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
Just Foreign Policy
Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
Let Haiti Live
Li, Li, Li! Read
MADRE
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Haiti
National Council of Campesinos (Colombia)
Other Worlds
Otros Mundos (Mexico)
Quixote Center
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)
TransAfrica
Trocaire
Zero Evictions Campaign / International Alliance of Inhabitants