Addressing Housing Needs of the Displaced People Promoting Resilient and Sustainable Communities

Chathuranganee Jayakody, Chamindi Malalgoda, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Champika Liyanage, Mo Hamza, Emlyn Witt, Nishara Fernando

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Abstract

Addressing the housing needs of the displaced communities is an essential part of a recovery programme that has distinct links to livelihoods, health, education, security and social and family stability. The housing factor acts as a social centre for family and friends, a source of pride and cultural identity and a resource that commands both political and economic importance. Therefore, addressing the housing needs of the displaced communities should be seen as a mode to promote resilience and sustainable communities. Instead, the consideration of housing needs merely as a physical need results in many issues to the communities, including no access to livelihood, poor living condition, health problems, lack of financial independence, lack of social satisfaction and social cohesion, and sometimes even recreates and worsens the existing vulnerabilities of displaced communities. Within this context, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors to consider when addressing the housing needs of the displaced communities, promoting resilience and sustainable communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-385
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Resilience
  • Built environment
  • Conflict-induced displacements
  • Disaster-induced displacements
  • Housing needs
  • Sustainable communities

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