Converting the RHU to provide multiple services for Venezuelan refugees in Brazil

Region: Americas
Country: Brazil
Year: 2021
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 501-1000
Modality: Clinics, Classrooms, Community centres, Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter, Health, Education
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building, Communications

The favourable protection environment in Brazil has allowed the legal recognition of Venezuelans to hold refugee status through a prima facie procedure on the grounds of the Cartagena Declaration. However, the border with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing access to territory and documentation.

As part of UNHCR’s multi-sectoral response, UNHCR implemented 576 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) to serve largely as temporary shelters for migrating families, on the path to interiorization in Brazil. Evidence from implementing partners on the ground indicate that the RHUs have been used in temporary hospitals and health clinics, community infrastructure and educational structures.

Read more about UNHCR’s efforts in Brazil here