Cash and shelter

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has a long history of using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) to support people affected by crisis to meet their shelter and settlement needs. Examples include vouchers to support people to access hostels in a migration crisis, cash as part of an owner-driven shelter reconstruction programme, and cash for winterisation support to allow people to access insulation materials. Below you can find out more about the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in this field, accessing different resources related to cash and shelter.

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Rental Assistance is a shelter programming option particularly suited to urban contexts. IFRC has recently been developing resources on this and they can be accessed on this page dedicated to:

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27 February 2020

Short video – ICHA Shelter reconstruction process learning review (2'21")

Type:

Video

Organisation:

ICHA

Short video offering an overview (2'21") of the implementation of a shelter recovery programme using a mixed approach including community participation, cash and voucher assistance, and innovative technology (RedRose) to respond to floods in Kenya in 2018.

  • Africa
  • Cash and shelter
  • Cash in emergencies

27 February 2020

ICHA Shelter reconstruction process learning review – Documentary (9'05")

Type:

Video

Organisation:

ICHA

This short documentary (9'05'') focuses of the implementation of a shelter recovery programme using a mixed approach including community participation, cash and voucher assistance, and innovative technology (RedRose) to respond to floods in Kenya in 2018.

  • Africa
  • Cash and shelter
  • Cash in emergencies

2 August 2019

Shelters, Settlements and Cash: A manual on Cash and Voucher Assistance

Type:

Tool

Organisation:

IFRC

This manual is intended to explore how and when financial support, in the form of CVA, can support people to cover their immediate shelter needs, be it finding short-term rented accommodation or purchasing Household (HH) items or tools and materials that can help facilitate the construction of shelters that meet basic requirements of protection from the elements while providing some degree of privacy.

  • Cash and shelter

1 July 2019

Safe Rebuilding: A Mixed Approach to Shelter Response Following the 2018 Floods in Kenya

Type:

Case study

Organisation:

ICHA

Case study on the implementation of a shelter recovery programme using a mixed approach including community participation, cash and voucher assistance, and innovative technology (RedRose) to respond to floods in Kenya in 2018.

  • Africa
  • Cash and shelter
  • Cash in emergencies

5 May 2018

Cash and shelter advocacy materials

Type:

Learning

Organisation:

RCRCM

Emergency Shelter and Cash-based Programming Advocacy module materials.

  • Cash and shelter
  • Learning

25 May 2017

Literature review on the use of cash and shelter

Type:

Literature review

Organisation:

Global Shelter Cluster

This Global Shelter Cluster literature review has taken stock of previous work on cash for shelter and housing finance while looking into existing market assessment tools, covering a period of time between 2009 and 2016.

  • Cash and shelter