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Homeowner-Driven Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting in Haiti

Build Change and project partners Cordaid, J/P HRO, CAFOD, and the French Red Cross have been building permanent new housing and seismically retrofitting existing housing stock in Haiti. These projects were among the first completed, permanent housing solutions in Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. More than 1,330 buildings have been retrofitted or built new, enabling 1,580 families, or 8,150 people to live in safer homes. Given the 18,500 houses with committed donor funding to be built or retrofit in Haiti1, this paper presents a summary of lessons learned to date with the intent of influencing the implementation of future post-disaster housing reconstruction programs in Haiti and elsewhere.

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