Sean Penn Gets $8.75 Million for Haiti

Repeating Islands

sean.df4082b0f6a70670033b3An aid group run by Hollywood actor Sean Penn announced Tuesday it is getting $8.75 million from the World Bank to help move Haitians off a golf course where many have been living since the January 2010 earthquake.

A statement from a public relations firm for Penn said the money will go for rent subsidies or for new housing units. Some 14,000 people still live at the Petionville Club in plywood shacks. Sixty thousand sheltered there at one point. The people are to be moved out by early 2014.

Penn is an ambassador-at-large for Haiti. He uses the post to raise awareness about the nation still struggling to recover from the disaster. Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization took responsibility for the impromptu settlement a couple of months after the quake, which destroyed thousands of buildings.The number of people displaced by the quake has dropped from a high of 1.5 million…

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