Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 58.5% of the population living on less than US$2.42 per day. The 2010 earthquake destroyed 105,000 homes and damaged another 190,000. Of the more than 2 million survivors, more than 1.5 million were left homeless. Habitat for Humanity Haiti’s work encompasses new home construction, community rebuilding, and land reform advocacy. For more information, visit Habitat for Humanity Haiti.
In the Dominican Republic, the number of inadequate housing is greater than the number of families without homes. This figure is growing annually by an average of 50,000 to 60,000 homes. The high cost of construction services and low income of families do not allow them to have access to formal means of construction, aggravating the quality and safety of homes. Habitat is developing construction programs, generating partnerships with micro-financial institutions to facilitate access to credit for low-income families, and creating programs of financial and construction education. For more information, visit Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic.
International Disasters Fund
In response to the 2017 flooding in the southern United States, Habitat Lenawee chose for the first time to support the International Disasters Fund. This fund helps to provide shelter assistance, education, training and partnerships to individuals who find themselves in unthinkable situations around the world.