No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent home. We deserve to feel strength and stability, day after day.
We deserve to know that we have the power to take care of ourselves and to build our own futures.
At Habitat, this is what unites us. Through Shelter, We Empower!
Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Because you, we, me – we’re all humans.
And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.
Habitat for Humanity® is committed to making decent shelter a matter of social conscience and national action in Trinidad and Tobago. We have helped thousands of Trinbagonians construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes since 1997, and we support a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As well as supporting homeowners in developing their shelter solutions, Habitat Trinidad-Tobago also provides training in financial management, technical and life skills, housing initiatives and disaster risk reduction programmes.
The government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development estimates that some 240 000 persons live in informal settlements, approximately 19% of the population; the waiting list for government subsidised housing is approximately 160 000 persons, some waiting for up to 25 years. The main housing demand stems from inequity and population growth; the main obstacles to access are the spiralling costs of real estate and construction products, the lack of land, and the reluctance of traditional financing sources to support first-time homeownership in the low-income target group.