Completed in 1995, this project of fifty-five units seeks to improve the housing conditions of the poorest of the poor in Santiago. This will by achieved by improving and enlarging existing dwellings and building new ones on existing sites, in order to increase the density of this sprawling city. The programme provides much improved dwellings at an average cost of $4,435 (funded by the government and donor aid). The local community is involved at all stages of the project, and local builders do much of the work. Management and maintenance are carried out by the community. The approach is now being replicated by the government who are improving a further 600 houses on the same basis.


NGO, local community