About Habitat for Humanity's Disaster Response
Our response to disasters
- Focus on the housing needs that arise from natural disasters and humanitarian emergency conflicts.
- Use integrated approaches that revolve around sustainable shelter and housing solutions.
- Offer expertise in technical information; program design and implementation; and disaster response policies, protocols and procedures.
- Provide support and informational resources to help communities in disaster-prone areas protect themselves against future threats.
Our approach: Pathways to Permanence
Habitat for Humanity believes that safe, decent shelter provides the platform upon which much of post-disaster assistance is built: health, water, sanitation, livelihoods, safety, education, etc.
To support these crucial processes, the Pathways to Permanence strategy places affected families on a path to durable, permanent shelter solutions using incremental stages as needed, such as erecting an emergency shelter, accessing or affirming land rights, improving a transitional shelter solution, defining next steps for a disaster damaged house or expanding a new core house solution.
Read more about our approach in the Habitat World Magazine.