Safe and Secure Housing
One of the initial projects of the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency shall be the construction of roughly seven million and five hundred thousand homes for the homeless and other underclass citizens of the world. These projects are only part of the opening phase to facilitate the eradication of poverty on a global scale. Given the vast number of houses to be built, there will be a great many different construction techniques being utilized for this program including many innovative and even experimental type construction methods. These homes will be utilized not only for the purposes of housing but as an opening phase of working to integrate the homeless and other underclass citizens of the world back into general society as productive, contributing members of that society. After the initial phase of seven and one-half million homes is completed, further projects will be established for additional phases of this project to be implemented across the globe. Each of these phases will consist of the construction of some seven and one-half million homes. Ultimately, it is foreseen that homes will be basic, safe and secure housing units will be built for the underclass citizens of the world. The focus however, must remain on the integration of these homes into “normal” society and not isolating or separating these people in pockets of their respective communities where problems have been historically proven to fester and grow worse. As more of the programs of the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency are implemented, additional programs will become available to further assist the underclass into a more full, complete, effective and long-term reintegration into “normal” society. The original seven and one-half million homes are slated to begin being built in 2015 in the Philippines but additional programs may be introduced on a more global, albeit limited scale.
Contracts are already in place for the construction of over two million homes within the Philippines and negotiations are under way for the construction of an additional five and one-half million homes throughout the Philippines. Additional negotiations have been finalized and others continue for the construction of homes in five locations within Africa, two locations in Brazil, one in the Caribbean and numerous other locations in Australia, New Zealand and more in the Philippines. A good many of these homes will be built within the Integrated Communities that are being established by GIDIFA though many more will be built for the Underclass citizens of the world who already live in housing lacking even the most basic of necessities. Most of the basic infrastructure is already in place in many of these areas where some of the most impoverished people live. People who own their own land but currently live in substandard housing will be eligible to have a roughly one-hundred square meter home built for them at absolutely no cost to them. The actual size may vary based on the size of their families and the actual number of people who will be living in those homes. Efforts will begin at the Barangay (Neighborhood) Level here in the Philippines with similar arrangements being made in other locations around the globe.
Given the vast number of homes to be built, the work is being given to a great many different Construction Companies and a great deal of the effort is centered around the introduction of innovative and even experimental construction techniques. Experimental and truly innovative techniques will be tested thoroughly before being given any final approval but in many cases, corporations are fully funded by GIDIFA expressly for the purposes of such projects. In some cases monies will be granted, in others GIDIFA may come in as an Equity Investor and in many cases, a full Joint Venture will be formed to help to increase the marketplace, marketing and availability of advanced construction technologies. While these homes may comprise only a small portion of the housing being built within the Integrated Community Developments of the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency, they will still play a very important role in the reintegration of the underclass citizens of the world into acceptable conditions as productive members of society.
Current social assistance programs tend to focus on very temporary measures with very limited results and if there are any long-term impacts, they seem to be firmly establishing a dependency class. If poverty is to be eradicated from the face of the earth, not only are “stop-gap” measures a necessity but steps must be taken to fully integrate these people back into “normal” society as contributing members of that society. It cannot be expected that merely tossing someone into a new home will automatically help them to break the chains binding them due to multiple generations of people fully or even mostly dependent on the mere crumbs available through most social assistance programs currently in place. Training, education and perhaps most important, opportunity must be available for these people during the transition period from underclass citizens and impoverished families into a more meaningful, productive and rewarding life. The reason that they are such a minor portion of the overall Integrated Community Development of GIDIFA is because in the past, when such efforts have been undertaken, these people have been isolated and left out in segregated communities where the very aspects of life that put them there, fester, grow worse and insure their future generations will be equally or even more substantially impoverished.
Historically, housing for the poor has been in isolated or segregated locations where they are grouped together. While the intentions may be good and pure, the results have been disastrous. Perhaps the biggest obstacle these people face is the social stigma associated with living in such areas. Anytime it is necessary to provide an address for any reason, there is an ignominy that does have a very tangible, real and detrimental impact on the individual. The schools in these areas are generally equally impoverished and run-down, lacking even the most basic necessities for the children studying there to have any real hope of improving their median quality of life. Having such an address has been shown to make it substantially more difficult to get better employment. This could be because of the substandard schooling and the subsequent lack of training or other equally oppressive reasons such as potential employers fearing theft or the presence of people consumed by alcoholism, mental disorders or other debilitating mental conditions as much the direct result of living in such environments as it is because of any personal choices the individuals have made in their lives. The end result tends to be that even those people who do dare to have dreams and desires for their lives all-too-frequently end right back up where they started with their only real relief coming from the bottom of a bottle of alcohol or being forced by their environment to take up criminal activity. A more comprehensive integration of these people into “normal” society with all of the necessary infrastructure in place to assist them in becoming productive members of society shows far more potential for providing actual and meaningful, long-term benefits to these individuals and families.
These programs will be implemented initially in the Philippines mostly because of logistics and the presence of so many of the GIDIFA resources currently in place within the Republic of the Philippines. This certainly should not preclude the construction of Integrated Community Developments or the provision of housing for the poor and/or underclass citizens on a global scale but more development will be pursued as the resources become more readily available … both in the Philippines and around the globe.