Haut Damier Housing Program

Overview

USAID is financing the construction of 156 housing units at Haut Damier in Haiti’s West Department to support efforts by the Government of Haiti (GOH) to provide affordable housing opportunities for families displaced by the 2010 earthquake and other vulnerable households.  The development is one of several new housing settlements for which USAID is partnering with the GOH and other sponsors to promote housing opportunities in proximity to employment as well as social and transportation hubs.  The project involves close consultation with stakeholders, including community members, local mayors, GOH housing agencies, and the Office of the President of Haiti.

Locating the settlement in Haiti’s Saint Marc corridor near employment opportunities and other USAID investments in health, agriculture, and local governance serves to realize multiple development objectives of the GOH and the U.S. Government.  Such combined investment promises to increase economic prosperity for community members by providing housing with security of tenure; access to water, sanitation and electricity; and access to increased prospects for employment and economic growth in the region.  

Objectives

The Haut Damier project aims to provide a culturally appropriate dwelling with water, modern sanitation, and electricity as well as community development support for earthquake-affected and other vulnerable households.  The homes, made from locally available materials, can easily be repaired and expanded and are designed/built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.  

Activities

  • Site development for housing plots involving the leveling of hilly terrain and the design and layout of roads, footpaths, water distribution systems, and drainage and sanitation solutions
  • Construction of 156 steel rebar reinforced cast-in-place concrete housing units designed/constructed to International Building Code earthquake and hurricane safety standards
  • Community development support for the new households and existing residents of the area, including community engagement, governance, and livelihoods activities to help ensure that the new settlement is a vibrant, sustainable community

Anticipated Results

  • A two-year community development program will enable social integration, economic opportunities, and sustainable community management by supporting:
    • Beneficiary sensitization and move‐in; 
    • Social and economic support activities; 
    • Support of day‐to‐day site management; 
    • Operational and technical assistance to GOH entities engaged with the site, including the Government’s Entreprise Publique de Promotion de Logements Sociaux (EPPLS) unit; and, 
    • Governance/community relations.
  • Lease-to-own contracts will ensure security of tenure.
  • Services provided on the site include modern sanitation, electricity and paved roads and footpaths.
 
 
 
 

Last updated: October 25, 2013

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