Northern Corridor Housing: Caracol-EKAM

Overview 

USAID is financing the construction of 750 housing units at Caracol-EKAM in the north of Haiti 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.

The Caracol-EKAM settlement is located in Haiti’s northern corridor near the Caracol Industrial Park (CIP).  It is in close proximity to the 10-megawatt power plant financed by USAID.  Constructing the settlement in this strategic location serves to realize multiple development objectives of the GOH and the U.S. Government (USG).  Such combined investment promises to increase economic prosperity for Haitians by providing housing with security of tenure; access to water, sanitation, and electricity; and access to increased prospects for employment and economic growth spurred by the CIP.  

Objectives

The Caracol-EKAM project aims to provide a culturally appropriate, modest dwelling with water, modern sanitation, and electricity, as well as community development support for Haitians affected by the earthquake.  The homes, made from locally-available materials, can easily be repaired and/or expanded and are designed/built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.  

Activities

  • Site development for housing plots, including design and layout of roads, footpaths, water distribution systems, drainage, and sanitation solutions,
  • Construction of 750 reinforced concrete masonry housing units designed/constructed to International Building Code earthquake and hurricane safety standards, and
  • Community development support for the new households and existing residents of the area, including community engagement, governance, and livelihood 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.
  • A partner-financed on-site school will open in October 2013.
 
 

Last updated: October 25, 2013

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