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Forum on Public Housing Policy a success

July 25, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic held its first international Forum on Public Housing Policy, which concluded with the signing of a joint commitment by all parties to defend the right to adequate housing. The event focused on possible actions that participating organizations could take in the short-, medium- and long-term to increase access to adequate housing in the country.

   
 

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (July 25, 2011)
– The Hotel Meliá Santo Domingo was the venue for the recently concluded International Forum on Public Housing Policy. The event was organized by a collection of civil society organizations, with leadership from Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic.

The organizers approached housing issues in Latin America and the Caribbean from the perspective of six panel discussions, on which 17 local and three international specialists participated. Topics discussed included Housing Deficits, Central and Local Government Initiatives, Housing Microfinance, Gender and Housing, Secure Land Tenure, Current Legislative Initiatives, Responsibility of Legislators in Access to Adequate Housing as a Human Right, Political Party Proposals and others.

Among the commitments included in the manifesto was to “develop positive actions in favor of women and vulnerable groups in conditions of poverty, such as female heads-of-household, single mothers, victims of violence, the disabled and the elderly, and to facilitate their access to low-cost, adequate housing programs.”

The organizations that joined Habitat for Humanity in organizing this initiative were the Pontificia Católica Madre University (PUCMM), Ciudad Alternativa, International Alliance of Inhabitants, CoopHabitat and the Juan Montalvo Center. Government representatives included Senator Cristina Lizardo and National Congresswoman Guadalupe Valdez, with members of ADOCEM and KYOCERA Dominicana.

About Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic
Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that promotes the right to adequate housing for all. It has served more than 2,500 Dominican with decent, safe, long-term housing solutions. For more information, please visit www.habitatdominicana.org.

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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