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Displaced Peoples' Camps & the Urgency of Housing

"Homelessness, Displacement, Evictions . . . This Sounds Familiar": New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Cross-posted from the New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by

By Hannah Adams, Guest Contributor

There are a number of obvious parallels between housing needs in New Orleans after the 2005 hurricanes and housing needs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

In both disasters, large regions lost the majority of their affordable housing stock, resulting in massive spikes in homelessness and displacement.  UNITY of Greater New Orleans reports that homelessness rates effectively doubled in the city from January 2005 to January 2009. [1] The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center adds that New Orleans experienced a population loss of over 140,000 according to the 2010 census, and that poor New Orleanians and families with children under eighteen were among those less likely to return. [2] Meanwhile, the Under Tents Campaign reports that 400,000 Haitians remain homeless in displacement camps where they face gender-based violence, disease, unsanitary living conditions, and flooding.

“Under Tents”: International Campaign Launch for Housing in Haiti

"The quantity of people who are homeless in Port-au-Prince today is not acceptable. We need the support of other governments, like the US, to demand that the Haitian Government create a social housing plan. We are looking for allies to help our advocacy. We are asking simply for quality homes where people can live." - Jackson Doliscar of the grassroots group Force for Reflection and Action on Housing (FRAKKA).

URGENT ACTION: HAITIAN FAMILIES AGAIN FACING FORCED EVICTION

URGENT ACTION: HAITIAN FAMILIES AGAIN FACING FORCED EVICTION
Update from Amnesty International on the families in Grace Village
June 15, 2012

Hundreds of Haitian families are facing forcible eviction from a refugee camp where they have been living since the January 2010 earthquake. Representatives of the landowner, and local police officers, have been threatening and harassing them.

URGENT ACTION: Risk OF forced eviction for families in haiti

Human rights defenders in Haiti are concerned with a recent upsurge in violence against displaced people. One camp was arsoned over the weekend and others face imminent, illegal eviction. Over the course of the past week, Amnesty International, who has been working closely with the Haitian right to housing movement, has released two urgent action alerts regarding camp evictions. Take a moment to read and respond to the alert below. 

URGENT ACTION: Risk OF forced eviction for families in haiti

Human rights defenders in Haiti are concerned with a recent upsurge in violence against displaced people. One camp was arsoned over the weekend and others face imminent, illegal eviction. Over the course of the past week, Amnesty International, who has been working closely with the Haitian right to housing movement, has released two urgent action alerts regarding camp evictions. Take a moment to read and respond to the alert below.