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Shelter Program

Following the earthquake, securing housing was a priority. In collaboration with the Haitian Red Cross and the community, the Canadian Red Cross built 7,500 houses in Jacmel and Leogane, giving thousands of families shelter that meets or exceeds earthquake- and hurricane-resistant standards.

The Canadian Red Cross also provided safe shelter solutions, such as tents and shelter kits, to thousands of families. Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provided other housing solutions to affected families. To meet the growing needs of displaced people in Port-au-Prince, the Canadian Red Cross supported more than 2,000 families in 2013 with cash grants for rental accommodations as part of the Red Cross Resettlement Program. This initiative aims to decongest the camps and find safe longer-term shelter solutions for families. In partnership with the OIM and the Government of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross initiated a pilot project to integrate 750 families, who were living in the two displacement camps in Port-au-Prince without a relocation plan, into neighbouring communities.