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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the initiatives launched by social movements in Haiti to address ordinary people's housing problems in the post-earthquake era. More than a thousand displaced persons camps have cropped up in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. These camps had become a stark reminder of social neglect. Hunger, illness, and sleep deprivation were the norm. Those living in the camps faced constant risks of violence and abuse, not to mention the health risks posed by rats, flies, and mosquitoes. This chapter looks at the Force for Reflection and Action on Housing, a coalition of camp committees, community groups, and nonprofits whose mission has been secure, quality homes for everyone. It also discusses the social movements' vision for a national housing policy that includes a law guaranteeing the right to housing, equal access to women in housing and land ownership, and public housing on state land.

Keywords:   social movements, Haiti, housing, displaced persons camps, earthquake, Force for Reflection and Action on Housing, community groups, nonprofits, national housing policy, land ownership

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