A Look at Habitat for Humanity's "Core House" Design

A Look at Habitat for Humanity's "Core House" Design

Tammy Everts
Feb 10, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Habitat for Humanity's commitment to helping rebuild Haiti by providing "core houses" to as many families as possible. Habitat has employed this model in Indonesia, India, Armenia and other countries where natural disasters and political havoc have created homelessness. Today, Habitat published a video that demonstrates how a core house is created.

Much like our mandate here at Apartment Therapy, Habitat truly is changing the world one room at a time. The core house gets its name from the fact that it is intended as a basic shell, which Habitat works with families to build. Later, as financial stability returns to the region, the family can add to the unit as needed.

In addition to being built to better withstand future earthquakes, each house, according to Habitat's website, "complies with international humanitarian standards, providing adequate living space and sanitation facilities for the average Haitian family of five."

The cost of building these core houses is estimated to be about US$4,000 to US$6,000 per unit, depending on local conditions and design. Habitat is committed to building as many as their funding will allow.

You can watch a video showing the simulated development of a core house community on the Habitat for Humanity website.

If you want to learn more about how you can support Habitat's efforts to rebuild Haiti, you can make a donation here.

(Video stills: Habitat for Humanity)

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