Homes marked for demolition in impoverished Haiti

Haiti (MNN) — In one of the many impoverished communities of a struggling nation, the homeless were marked by a few strokes of red paint.

A few months ago, Eva DeHart of For Haiti With Love started hearing that some homes had been marked with red letters reading “for destruction”. The national government was planning new roadways, and these dwellings were in the way.

“The government had come in and marked homes and they were going to make a complete demolition from the airport all the way up the side of the mountain, which was going to be total disaster,” DeHart says.

One of For Haiti With Love’s building projects. (Photo courtesy of For Haiti With Love)

This would be devastating for the community and for DeHart’s organization. “We have a very long list of people who are living in lean-tos and makeshift shelters on properties they have inherited that they will never have the money to build on,” she says. Many of those temporary homes were on the list of homes to be demolished, as were some of the more permanent houses For Haiti With Love had built.

Prayers went out, and people reacted.

In what is for Northern Haiti a rare move of political involvement, the people of the city held a “manifestation”, a peaceful protest demonstration. And officials took notice.

“All of a sudden, the government declined any responsibility for putting the marks on the houses, and they simply have not moved forward,” DeHart says. “It was an answer to prayer.”

But the danger hasn’t passed just yet. While families can wait for news in the relative comfort of their own homes, they still don’t know what their often unpredictable government might do next. Plus, that relative comfort often means barely livable conditions in an impoverished community, and “all of Haiti is an impoverished community”.

Everyone pictured would have lost the homes had the government gone through with demolition. (Photo courtesy of For Haiti With Love)

That’s why For Haiti With Love is doing what they can to help.

In Haiti, DeHart says homes run between $8-12,000 depending on where the home will be, what materials are needed, and what amenities will be allowed. These homes often don’t even include plumbing, electricity, or windows, but they provide a place to live for some of the poorest of the poor.

DeHart says providing these homes can give the people physical hope while introducing him to the loving community of the Church. Find out how you can be a part of that project right here, and check in tomorrow to hear about how For Haiti With Love is helping provide much-needed sanitary facilities.