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Habitat for Humanity begins rebuilding following Typhoon Haiyan

Habitat to build more than 800 homes at first resettlement site in Tacloban

ATLANTA (Jan. 16, 2014) — Habitat for Humanity today signed an agreement with the Philippine government’s National Housing Authority and the city of Tacloban for a rebuilding program following Typhoon Haiyan. Habitat will build 852 houses in partnership with families who lost their homes to the disaster that struck the Visayas region of the Philippines two months ago.

Pictured, from left, Alfred Romualdez, city mayor of Tacloban; Froilan Campitan, assistant general manager of National Housing Authority; Charlie Ayco, Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO; and Bong Recio, chair of Habitat for Humanity Philippines board of trustees.

The latest Philippine government figures show that more than 1.1 million homes were either damaged or destroyed by the typhoon.

“Signing this agreement in Tacloban is a major step in Habitat for Humanity’s long-term rebuilding efforts following Haiyan,” said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific vice president. “Safe, decent shelter provides the platform on which much of post-disaster assistance is built – health, water, sanitation, livelihoods, safety, education – and is one of the most pressing issues currently facing Haiyan-affected families.”

The 852 homes will be built on nearly 25 acres provided by the city of Tacloban.

In addition to this project, Habitat will continue its disaster response efforts and aims to distribute up to 30,000 shelter repair kits and build 30,000 homes, depending on availability of funding.

“We are grateful for the generous donations already received. There is still a lot more to be done in order to build back a stronger Visayas,” said Hathaway. “Habitat is committed to supporting affected families long-term and, together with your help, we will rebuild lives. We continue to work closely with the Philippine government and other partners to assist those affected in a coordinated approach.”

Habitat started distributing emergency shelter kits just days after Haiyan struck, shifting to shelter repair kits as needs changed. To date, Habitat has supported more than 10,000 families with emergency shelter and shelter repair kits, and will continue shelter repair kit distributions as rebuilding projects get underway.

Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has played an active role in working with families to build decent homes. Through a network of project offices in rural and urban areas, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has built and repaired tens of thousands of houses.

Habitat’s ability to respond to the ongoing recovery in the Philippines requires support from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations. Donations can be made at https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/one/donate.aspx?link=500.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.