SELAVIP invites you all to send good
projects for financial support during 2013. 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 illegally
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 urban
families who do not “fit” into any existing housing programs, public or
private. Again, we want to invite new groups and communities from cities
of the developing world to join other partners who are working to
shelter the urban poor. By funding small innovative projects, SELAVIP
helps them to acquire experience so they can move on to bigger projects
in the future.

Types of projects
We are
interested in projects that deal with different aspects of homelessness
in developing regions: from production of small starter units to
improvement of precarious shelter or promotion of community based
processes that will secure land and shelter. A project that plans to
build or improve shelter should also include activities that favour
“community-driven” urban and housing processes. The cost of each housing
unit should not exceed USD 1000 for a new house and USD 600 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 homeless poor access land and
basic shelter rather than to those seeking to improve houses that has
already reached some consolidation. Projects that can be scaled up by
other entities in the future, or that impact local and national
policies, are also important for SELAVIP.

We invite
communities, NGOs, local authorities and other entities working with the
urban poor, to e-mail innovative projects until 19 August. You can
download the application form clicking here.