Jimmy Carter: Few houses built for poor Haitians

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, right, rides waves from the back of a vehicle with his wife Rosalynn as they visit at Habitat for Humanity project in Leogane, Haiti, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. The Carters joined volunteers from around the world to build 100 homes in partnership with earthquake-affected families in Haiti during a week-long Habitat for Humanity housing project. Photo: Ramon Espinosa / AP Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Jimmy-Carter-Few-houses-built-for-poor-Haitians-2256978.php#ixzz1d4vnUiF8

LEOGANE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti hasn’t seen many homes built for the poor following a devastating earthquake almost two years ago, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday.

In a 10-minute interview with The Associated Press, Carter said he noticed little housing reconstruction for struggling Haitians as he drove from the international airport to the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Port-au-Prince to Leogane, a coastal city 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of the capital that was largely flattened in the earthquake because of its proximity to the epicenter.

He added that there may be construction in other parts of Haiti but that he hadn’t seen it.

“We haven’t seen very much reconstruction of homes for low-income people,” Carter said with his wife Rosalynn seated at his side. “We have seen some the villas, some of the fancy homes along the beachfront being repaired. But there hasn’t been much evidence yet of reconstruction of the homes in Port-au-Prince.”

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