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Fact sheet: Under Tents housing rights campaign
Submitted by CHAN on August 25, 2012 - 12:08
Support the international campaign for housing in Haiti: ‘Under Tents’
On July 4, 2012, Haitian grassroots organizations and international allies launched an urgent housing rights campaign, calling for permanent housing solutions for the nearly 400,000 people who are still living in displacement camps more than two years after the earthquake. The Under Tents campaign is a joint initiative of dozens of Haitian grassroots and international organizations.
Haiti’s homeless are demanding that the government immediately halt all forced evictions until public or affordable housing is made available. Under Tents has launched an international petition requesting that the Government of Haiti, with the support of its allies and donor governments in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, move quickly to:
- designate land for housing;
- create a centralized government housing institution to coordinate and implement a social housing plan; and
- solicit and allocate funding to realize this plan.
There are hundreds of thousands of homeless and internally displaced people in Haiti. They face high rates of gender-based and other violence, lack of access to clean water and toilets, and an ongoing cholera epidemic. One in five is at risk of imminent forced eviction.
*To add your name to the petition of Under Tents, go here:http://www.change.org/undertents
* To become a campaign sponsor or to contribute financially to the campaign, write or phone to the contact information below.
Under Tents (Haiti): firstname.lastname@example.org (509) 3739-4695
Other Worlds (U.S.): email@example.com (832) 875-7539
Canada Haiti Action Network: firstname.lastname@example.org (778 858 51790
The list of campaign organization sponsors can be found at the campaign website of Under Tents: www.undertents.com. The campaign deadline has been extended to January 12, 2013.