The National Housing Programme of Costa Rica achieved dramatic success in the years 1986 – 1990 in improving the living conditions of 80,000 low-income families. This was accomplished by a combination of political will, a reduction in bureaucracy and an innovative financial system designed to incorporate low income households into the housing market. A housing bank has been established to help give access to the poorest groups and housing agencies. Decentralisation of housing services and public participation has also been fostered in the programme.


National government, donor agency