Habitat for Humanity® Trinidad and Tobago has advocated for the most vulnerable members of our society, focusing on the impact of safe, decent, affordable shelter on building strength, stability and self-reliance in our communities. Our construction programmes and complementary initiatives bring together volunteers, donors and technical expertise from around the world to:
- Highlight the issues of housing access and the effects on poverty to the national audience.
- Reflect on the cause of adequate housing and share ideas on how we in Trinidad and Tobago can make this a topic of national action.
- Help promote food security among Habitat Homeowners.
- Raise funds for a variety of shelter solutions, including new homes, repairs and renovations or materials only projects.
- Participate in construction and painting projects benefiting families throughout the country.
In addition to building and or renovating homes, we contribute to community development through individual capacity, building projects, financial literacy, construction skills training, disaster mitigation and disaster risk reduction initiatives.
Habitat for Humanity® Trinidad and Tobago calls on our supporters and friends to join the fight for safe, decent and affordable shelter. Some 200 000 people in our country live in sub-standard housing conditions, with dilapidated and structurally unsound houses, a lack of running water, no electricity and less than adequate washroom facilities. Did you know that:
- Up to 1 in 4 families in Trinidad and Tobago do not have safe, decent and affordable shelter?
- 1 in 4 people worldwide live in substandard housing. If action isn’t taken, that number will grow to 2 out of 5 — the equivalent of 3 billion people — by 2030?
- Through Habitat's work each day, nearly 5,000 people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter?
We call on the national community:
- To call attention to the need for better shelter in communities throughout the country.
- To let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority for government, the corporate sector and private citizens.
- To change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and involve all partners and stakeholders in finding and implementing workable solutions.