Adequate Housing

Shelter is a basic human necessity...but in Jamaica, "the quest for adequate housing has been a long-standing challenge...because the demand has always outstripped the supply."  (The Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica)  

That's why we've made a commitment to build sustainable, hurricane resistant homes.  We've developed a "standard housing plan" that features a 2 or 3-bedroom home, engineered to withstand 150 mph winds (pictured below).  These homes have been designed to cost approximately $15,000 (US) to build.  This dollar amount represents approximately 1 years wages for a farmer who has successfully partnered with RAISE.

The UN says this about adequate housing:  "The human right to adequate housing is more than just four walls and a roof.  It is the right of every woman, man, youth and child to gain and sustain a safe and secure home and community in which to live in peace and dignity." (United Nations Human Rights) 

Elements of "adequate housing" include such things as: