Shelter technical brief

Haiti earthquake operation (PDF) - 24 months

Haiti Shelter: Lessons learned (PDF)


Case studies


Alternative Shelter Solutions  (14/12/2011):
Alternative shelter solutions explains IFRC's self-sheltering programme in Haiti. Providing safe and improved shelter solutions which help people leave overcrowded camps and allow them to lead their own recovery process. The programme supports families in returning to neighbourhoods or their place of origin, following their own initiative, with different assistance packages.

Building a better future in Haiti (24/08/2011):
In the midst of nearly 400 brightly coloured shelters sits a large container filled with off-cuts of timber. This space, these pieces of leftover wood, and a few tools make up Giovanni's carpentry workshop; a lifelong ambition which until recently seemed nothing more than a pipedream. Giovanni is one of the many from Haiti's deaf community, living and working at the Red Cross transitional shelter construction site in La Piste, Port-au-Prince. Over 500 workers from the surrounding displaced community have worked at the site, and in January 2011 the very first families, many with hearing and speech impairments, moved in supported by a livelihood grant of 250 USD. It is through his carpentry work at La Piste, and by saving his wages, that Giovanni has been able to realise his dream and open this small workshop.

A Safer Home: Shelter in Haiti  (28/07/2011):
Eighteen months after the earthquake, the Red Cross Movement has helped to re-house over 60,000 people in Haiti, both in highly populated areas such as Port-au-Prince and also in more remote, and difficult to access communities. Meanwhile, it is estimated up to 670,000 people are still living in camps, like Jean Joel and his three siblings. The building of shelters has proved difficult in Port-au-Prince due to a lack of available and suitable land. The Red Cross is also working with displaced communities, to help them identify ways to leave the camps.

Participatory Approach to Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) (09/03/2011):
PASSA (Participatory Approach to Safe Shelter Awareness) is a participatory tool that allows communities to improve their living environment, build safer shelters and design better settlements. It was developed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together with British Red Cross.

Shelter and Haiti (21/12/2010):
12 months after the earthquake recovery efforts continue. An estimated 1 million people are still living in camps, and agencies are working around the clock to provide improved and safe shelter. In Port-au-Prince, a lack of available land has hindered progress. At l'Annexe de la Mairie, the Red Cross is building transitional shelters for 350 families. 

Haiti, Red Cross Volunteer Deaf Community (27/12/2010): In downtown Port-au-Prince, the Red Cross is building transitional shelters for 350 vulnerable families. One of the construction teams is made up of members of Port-au-Prince's deaf community. Giovanni and his community will be among the first to move into the new village.


After the earthquake