Haiti needs more funds to build shelters and move families out of camps

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A man works to reinforce his makeshift tent at the refugee camp of Mais Gate in Port-au-Prince.

Families displaced by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti are being relocated from camps in the capital Port-au-Prince into homes in their communities.

The International Organization for Migration, or IOM, says it will assist the first 150 families to leave the overcrowded tented camp in Champ de Mars next week.

There is a push to close the most visible camps while protecting the rights of the displaced under a new strategy developed by Haiti's housing authority.

But there is a need for more reconstruction funds, says Jean Philippe Chauzy of IOM.

"Unfortunately today, there has been increasing pressure from landlords to evict the people living in the camps. Violence has also escalated in these displaced sites. So it is important to speed up the relocation of people. The humanitarian community must also lend its support to the Government of Haiti in terms of releasing funds for reconstruction efforts in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings".

Chauzy says IOM has appealed for 10 million dollars to facilitate housing solutions for some 126,000 families still living in camps in deteriorating conditions.

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