Housing Improvement Program launched with a focus on climate change and gender

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
December 22, 2023

140 low-income homes will be rehabilitated in San Antón, Santa Bárbara, San Miguel and San Lázaro in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The European Union contributes to the Comprehensive Tourism and Urban Development Program of the Colonial City in Dominican Republic, through a LACIF investment grant of EUR 3 210 000

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The Comprehensive Tourism and Urban Development Program of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, or Revitalization Program, launched the Housing Improvement Program in the Colonial City (Promevi) in order to rehabilitate homes in poor conditions.

Promevi, which is financed by the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank, will rehabilitate 140 homes of low-income families in the northern area of Ciudad Colonial, improving the quality of life and the economy of local communities.

The Program Coordinating Unit (UCP), executed by the Ministry of Tourism, together with the Mayor's Office of the National District (ADN) and the Ministry of Culture (MINC), has shared more information on the program that will improve the housing inventory of Ciudad Colonial, a common problem in its northern area (San Antón, Santa Bárbara, San Miguel and San Lázaro), which has been prioritized.

The Promevi also aims to adapt homes to natural disasters and climate change impacts, implementing cost-effective resilience, energy efficiency and water saving measures and using less polluting construction materials, in line with the EDGE certification, the environmental regulation followed in the design of these house improvements.

It also emphasizes gender equality and diversity, as it prioritizes women heads of households and single mothers, as well as the elderly and disabled. It also seeks to include women who are not heads of households within the legal instruments that regulate the right to property (...).

After a public bidding process, Promevi's operational management was awarded to the Dominican Institute of Comprehensive Development, which organizes residents participation sessions, providing legal guidance and accompanying them in the different phases of the project.

Promevi consists of four relevant components: the social component, to involve population in each phase; the legal component, to facilitate the tenure regularization processes and manage a legal office; the technical component, which includes diagnosis processes, surveys, design of intervention projects, supervision and quality control during construction; and the construction component, to rehabilitate the houses.

The community has been heavily integrated into the development of Promevi through the different neighborhood associations and community leaders who interact in Ciudad Colonial.

Prior to the execution of this program, a collaboration agreement was signed between the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) and the Ministry of Housing, Habitat and Buildings (MIVHED), for technical cooperation purposes.

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About the Colonial City Program:

The Comprehensive Tourism and Urban Development Program of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo aims to revitalize the historic center in its urban, economic and cultural tourism aspects, for which it is currently developing more than 25 projects. Its specific objectives are:

  1. The recovery of public spaces and historical monuments

  2. The improvement of residents’ living conditions

  3. The development of the local economy

  4. The reinforcement of the Colonial City management