This rapid assessment of Sint Maarten's (SXM) housing sector was undertaken after Hurricane Irma struck Sint Maarten in September 2017. The report facilitates a dialogue with the Sint Maarten government regarding housing development, reconstruction activities, and disaster preparedness under the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund.
The paper provides an overarching understanding of Sint Maarten's housing sector. It also presents policy recommendations and guidance to make the sector more resilient to disasters and more responsive to residents' needs, particularly for low- and middle-income households.
The report concludes with the following key recommendations:
Development of affordable housing;
Establishment of a robust rental market;
Targeted assistance to low income and vulnerable households;
Improve technical capacity and financial resources.