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:

  • Affordability
  • Habitability
  • Availability of services
  • Accessibility
  • Location, and
  • Cultural adequacy