A house is one of the basic human needs beside food and clothing, and the Samoa Housing Corporation (SCH) is very much aware of this. To provide housing for its constituents, SCH has cooperated with the Habitat for Humanity of New Zealand (HfHNZ Samoa) and the Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA Samoa) for the ‘HAS Build’ Project (HAS stands for Habitat for Humanity of New Zeland, Adventist Development & Relief Agency and SHC).
The ‘HAS Build’ project is an initiative that targets over 400 families in Samoa living in non-disaster resilient homes or in sub-standard housing. Those qualified for this project are taken through an integrated pathway of participation in the form of orientation on the project processes, selection criterion, and financial literacy training, building disaster-resilient home methods, and on loan selection policies and loan terms. The ultimate aim of these pathways is to equip the participants with the appropriate knowledge and realistic expectations on what the project offers or can do for them in the long run.
The 3-year building project relies strongly on the SHC in terms of funding through concessional interest rates loans to selected families who satisfy the SHC lending policies. Apart from that, the level of need for housing improvements are to be identified by a selection panel consisting of members from the three institutions. SHC plays a vital role in this mission which it forecasted and budgeted at USD740,000 to ensure that this project meets its goal and targets in the next three years.
Since December 2015, SHC has approved 40 projects with over $350,000 already disbursed to the selected suppliers for the supplies of building materials and transport costs. SHC is committed to making this project a success to elevate the living conditions of its constituents with safer and healthier environment.
SHC’s ‘HAS Build’ project was a recipient of a Merit Award in the 2016 ADFIAP Outstanding Development Project under the Corporate Social Responsibility Category.