Most families in Argentina build their homes from the ground up, and this process typically takes 20-30 years. Without disrupting the natural process of self-construction by individuals and communities, Habitat for Humanity Argentina (HPHA) lends support to this “Social Production of Housing” by reducing the time spent on construction and advancing the quality of homes built, with the goal of a complete home that is achieved through a series of small improvements.
In line with this methodology, our “Habitat Tent” program helps neighbors from the communities we are working in with technical and legal support and one-on-one advice from volunteers. In March we had our first “Habitat Tent” in the Mocoví community of Santa Fe, which was a big success: more than 30 families completed assessments of their construction and legal issues with the help of three volunteers (an architect, a student of architecture and a lawyer).
HPHA programs maintain the importance of communities and families giving identity to their own neighborhood and integrating it into the city as a whole. This is also the goal of our newest project, the “core house”, which provides families with support and loans for a core house with safe plumbing (kitchen and bathroom), and encourages them to self-construct the rest through incremental improvements.
Thank you to all those who have helped HPHA develop these programs! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and help us start our “core house” project!
Ana Cutts, National Director.