Most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries have significant housing deficits, both in terms of the existing stock of housing – exemplified by the innumerous informal settlements that are present in most large cities- and the unmet demand for new homes by the growing population. Rapid urbanization in the region has amplified these housing problems, which pose a serious challenge for the region’s governments.
The IDB has been active in the housing sector since the 1960’s, supporting and helping to formulate housing policies at the central and local government levels. The goals of these policies are to promote the adequate use of public sector subsidies so they are directed for the intended low income population, as well as to create the proper incentives for private sector investments in the sector. Comprehensive housing policies require a differentiated approach, according to the intended beneficiary group.
Promoting the better functioning of a mortgage market is the goal of policies directed for the middle and high income population. Complementing savings and providing direct subsidies is indicated for middle income families, assisting them in assessing the home mortgage market. For the poorest segment of the population, the Bank has been supporting assistance in the form of integral neighborhood upgrading and incremental home improvement
- Brazil. Results Management in Housing and Urban Development Programs. Jul 1, 2013
- Regional. Gender Perspective in the Evaluation of Housing and Urban Development Programs. May 23, 2013
- Colombia. Inputs to the Design and Execution to the Program CO-L1110. May 1, 2013
- Mexico. Technical Cooperation for the CTF-IADB ECOCASA Program ME-L1121. Dec 17, 2012
- Peru. Support for a System Implementation for Management Results in Housing and Urban. Oct 25, 2012
IDB approved a loan of $20 million to Edyficar will provide housing access and finance to low-income individuals in Peru. Nov 11, 2013
Loan of up to MXN$84 million to FOMEPADE, a Mexican non-banking financial institution, for housing finance for state and municipal workers. Aug 8, 2013
IDB supports plan to expand financing for basic community infrastructure, home improvement projects at the base of the pyramid in Nicaragua. Sep 14, 2012