About the HRP
The world recalls the devastating images of Dominica two years ago when Hurricane Maria affected 90% of the housing sector, leaving more than 4,500 houses destroyed and over 20,000 partially damaged. Small island states like Dominica are becoming more vulnerable to disasters resulting from intense rainfall and category 5 hurricanes events with the ongoing impact of climate change worldwide, coupled with volcanic and seismic risks. Since 2011, natural disasters have been negatively impacting Dominica severely every two years.
Why is There a Need for a Housing Recovery Project in 2019?
A Post Disaster Needs Assessment led by the World Bank in collaboration with the United Nations, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and the European Union estimated that the housing sector sustained US$354 million in damages and US$28.5 million in losses.
What is Provided
A totally destroyed house approximately 500 sq. ft. will be reconstructed based on a design selected by the home owner. If it is the home-owner's desire to expand their house in future, this can be incorporated in the design.
Project Model and Goals
The HRP Project Implementing Unit and contracted entities, along with other stakeholders, will facilitate the management and coordination of the activities of the eligible beneficiaries, in the process of developing their future resilient home.
A Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Housing was established to coordinate activities under the project. Technical services will be hired to provide support for every step in the project to the home owner on their journey to reconstruct their totally destroyed small house.