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About Habitat for Humanity's Disaster Response

Haiti earthquakeSupporting those affected by disasters requires immediate action. The need for quality shelter and housing remains for months and years.

Our response to disasters

  • Focus on the housing needs that arise from natural disasters and humanitarian emergency conflicts.
  • Build capacity of the global Habitat community in the areas of disaster mitigation, preparedness and recovery through education, training and partnerships.
  • 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.

Our partners

Coordination is considered a key element of Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response strategy. With more than 30 years of experience in community-based development, Habitat takes a partnership approach to reconstruction after disasters and holds memberships within National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and InterAction, and coordinates globally through The Inter-Agency Standing Committee cluster system.

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