This project will consist of two phases due to the unusually large number of homes we are building. For this project, we have two large pieces of land 5 minutes walking from each other and the whole thing will be considered one community. We will build 300 homes total, 175 in phase I and 125 in phase II.
Getting land is never easy
The land was found by our local partner Mission of Hope (MOH). Getting land is never a straight forward process but especially in Haiti. Haiti has terrible land registration systems and few people have legitimate deeds. Often numerous people claim they own the same land. The trick to find out the truth in Haiti is to “stake out” the property, putting sticks around the property line. This signals to the community that someone is about to build on this land. At this point is when other “potential owners” could claim their property and request to find out who is planning construction. We had to leave the property marks up for about 6 months, waiting long enough to give everyone a chance to speak up, before we moved forward with construction.
Here we have an early-stage design for the community layout of Titanyen phase I. New Story works with a top-notch team of volunteer urban designers that help us design our communities. We then share the designs with the families in their upcoming Lean Participatory Design workshop to incorporate the communities feedback in the final design.
The homes we are building will cost $8,300 which is slightly more expensive because of higher local material prices. Each home will feature two bedrooms, a washroom, living room, and a front porch. Given the hot climate of Haiti, people spend a lot of time outside and this front porch was added to give a shaded area to cool off during the day.