The campaign will press for U.S. Congressional and European Parliamentary action, raise international awareness about the crisis through news media, mobilize grassroots pressure through a petition, and seek to build support from housing rights organizations around the world.
Under Tents is a joint initiative of dozens of Haitian grassroots groups and international allies who will force a solution for earthquake victims. The hundreds of thousands still living under plastic tarps and tattered tents face high rates of gender-based and other violence, lack access to clean water and toilets, and combat cholera. One in five is also at risk of imminent forced eviction.
The Haitian Government has no comprehensive plan to relocate the hundreds of thousands of people in camps into safe homes. Jackson Doliscar of the Force for Reflection and Action on Housing (FRAKKA) says, “The quantity of people who are homeless in Port-au-Prince today is not acceptable. We need the support of other governments, like the U.S., to demand that the Haitian Government create a social housing plan. We are looking for allies to help our advocacy. We are asking simply for quality homes where people can live.”
The campaign website is www.undertentshaiti.com and the petition is open for signatures on change.org here https://www.change.org/petitions/400-000-homeless-still-wait-for-a-plan-support-housing-rights-in-haiti. The campaign will run through to World Habitat Day, October 1.
In Haiti at: +509-4688-9976 (English, Creole, Spanish)
Read the press release here: http://undertentshaiti.com/?page_id=138