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Habitat for Humanity Argentina project awarded in Changemakers competition

April 14, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Argentina’s Recycling Urban Housing project in La Boca, Buenos Aires is one of three winners in the Ashoka Changemakers competition, “Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities.”

   
 

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As in many cities, Buenos Aires contains a large quantity of buildings in poor condition or complete disuse.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (April 14, 2011)
– Habitat for Humanity Argentina is one of three winners in the Ashoka Changemakers competition, “Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities”, selected for its Recycling Urban Housing project in La Boca, Buenos Aires. The winning projects will each receive a prize of US $10,000.

Habitat for Humanity Argentina was one of 11 finalists announced on March 23. From these finalists, the three projects to receive the greatest number of votes were declared winners. The voting process began on March 23 and closed on April 6. The winning projects were announced on April 12, 2011.

Once announced as a finalist, Habitat for Humanity Argentina used online social networks to mobilize some 2,500 people in six days to visit, learn about and vote for the project.

“Many thanks to everyone who mobilized their families, friends and contacts. Thanks to those who have opened new doors so that we can continue gathering volunteers to our vision. Many, many thanks to all those who mobilized and all those who voted. It was worth it,” said Ana Cutts, national director of Habitat for Humanity Argentina.

The Recycling Urban Housing project helps families suffering from inadequate housing conditions in La Boca, Buenos Aires to access safe and affordable rental options. As in many cities, Buenos Aires contains a large quantity of buildings in poor condition or complete disuse, while many low-income families pay market rate to rent a small, overcrowded room with communal toilets in deteriorating buildings. The project renovates these buildings, so that they can be offered to families at a low cost, allowing them to set aside savings so that they can leave the program with a solid financial standing to step out of the poverty housing cycle.

The Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities competition was launched in anticipation of the 2012 Summit of the Americas, and in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA). It is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of State, and the American Planning Association with support from the Brazilian Ministry of Cities.

About Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity
first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 100,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin America and Caribbean regional office coordinates the efforts of 16 national organizations, as well as unique partnerships throughout the region. For more information, visit habitatlatino.org.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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