Local Development Strategies for Housing Solutions to Overcome Poverty



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
The challenge for going to scale in Chile (and worldwide) is to infuse those carrying out the project with a sense of dedication and enthusiasm for the task. This is extremely difficult but very much needed to make a complicated operation reach and help those living in poverty.  For Chile the next step is to develop a method for stimulating those working on these programmes. (The first step was successfully taken with this activity.) This same group that implemented this project should take stock of what it took and possibly try to develop a series of “how to” workshops and training materials to pass on the elements of motivated success (coaching, mentoring, start-up training with all the counterpart institutions, and a team building imitative with the project units, etc.).  


The Chilean Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINVU) has launched a series of initiatives to implement shelter programs that effectively reach the poorest sectors of the population. The assistance of the Cities Alliance would be directed towards the development of processes and tools for the efficient planning and execution of housing and upgrading programs at the local level with the participation of municipalities and local stakeholders.
The present project proposal has the objective of assisting in the implementation of the initial stages of the Program of Dynamic Housing, focusing on urban municipalities of Regions 5 (Valparaiso) and 8 (Bío Bío), and the Metropolitan Region of Santiago. The project will develop tools and processes to strengthen the capacity of the participating municipalities, their regional associations for technical co-operation, and local stakeholders and practitioners to participate in the implementation of housing programs within the context of integrated urban development strategies.
1) Develop strategies and operational instruments for the decentralized execution of housing upgrading and urban development programs targeted to the poorest sectors;  2) Provide instruments and processes to strengthen the capacity of municipalities and their associations to implement housing programs for poor urban families, within the context of a CDS;  3) Develop mechanisms to promote the association/organization of the urban poor to apply for and implement housing solutions with their own savings in collaboration with the municipalities;  4) Formulate a strategy for increasing the scale of housing and social programs targeted to the poorest sectors of the urban population.
Expected Impacts and Results
The project will respond to the demand of at least 6,000 poor families for housing upgrading, through the improvement of existing housing stock, construction of new housing units, and settlement upgrading. Individual projects financed by the Fund for Solidarity Shelter will be awarded to organized groups of beneficiaries with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 300 families. The execution of housing interventions will promote the development of complementary activities, especially in economic development, employment generation, and urban services provision, thus making them more sustainable and ensuring the long term development of the beneficiary population and municipalities.