SELAVIP invites you all to present projects that could receive financial
support during 2012.

Remember that our focus is on
“extreme social emergency”, that is, people who dwell in very precarious and
unsafe conditions and places, or are forced to occupy urban land, exposed to
evictions. Other families have no other alternative but to live as “unwelcome
guests” in the homes of relatives and neighbors, in crowded conditions and
lacking minimal privacy. Under such harsh conditions, they cannot even dream of
meeting the requirements of conventional housing programs, in spite of their
efforts to do so. SELAVIP wants to open realistic alternatives to these poor
urban families who do not “fit” into any existing housing programs, public or
private. We want to invite new groups and communities of the developing world
to join so many other partners who are working for decades to shelter the urban
poor. By funding small innovative projects, SELAVIP helps them to acquire
experience and be able to move on to bigger projects in the future. Our call is
open to a wide range of proposals that address acute housing problems in the
cities of developing countries.


Projects can deal with different aspects of the complex reality of
homelessness in developing regions, from housing production or improvement, to
promotion of community based processes to secure shelter. A plan to build or
improve shelter should also include activities to start or strengthen
“community-driven” urban and housing processes. Innovative and realistic
strategies should make possible for the poorest families to access housing. The
cost of each unit should not exceed USD 1000 for a new house and USD 500 for an
improvement. Other proposals that are more “process oriented” should
help to empower or organize communities, but also lead to clear and measurable
results in terms of housing and/or urban services. Priority will be given to
initiatives that help the poor access land and basic shelter rather than to
those seeking to improve shelter that has already reached some physical or
legal consolidation. Projects that can be scaled up by other entities in the
future, or impact local and national policies, are also a priority for SELAVIP.

We invite communities, NGOs, local authorities and other entities
working with the urban poor, to e-mail innovative projects during July and
until 15 August. To download the guidelines andapplication
form, click here.