Habitat for Humanity® Trinidad and Tobago has advocated for the most vulnerable members of our society, focussing 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.
- 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.