IOM Haiti: IDP Assistance in Urban Areas, 1 December 2021

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Since March 2020, the alarming increase in violence has led to the displacement of hundreds of families in the urban and peri-urban areas of Port-au-Prince. According to OCHA, there are currently 1.5 million people affected by ongoing violence in Haiti, 19,000 internally displaced and 1.1 million in need of assistance. When gang violence griped whole neighborhoods in Haiti´s capital city of Port-au-Prince in June 2021, thousands of people had to flee their homes to save their lives.

IOM in close coordination and collaboration with the General Directorate for Civil Protection (DGPC in French) and the national Housing and Public Building Construction Unit (UCLBP in French) has been relocating the displaced person from several sites, allowing displaced families to return to communities and to return the occupied spaces to their original purpose.

Relocation assistance is provided by IOM to IDPs through a cash-for-rent scheme, under which a set amount is made available for each family to choose and rent a space for one year. In addition to the one-year rental subsidy, IOM provides additional supports to the most vulnerable including transportation, medical and psychosocial support, as well as a short training to help beneficiaries develop an incomegenerating activity.