PORT-AU-PRINCE — The aid group run by actor Sean Penn says it has received a $2.25 million grant to help more than 500 families displaced by last year's earthquake move back home.
Benjamin Krause from Penn's relief group J/P HRO says the money from the World Bank will be used for rent subsidies, repairs to houses and building new homes and solar-powered water kiosks.
The project is part of a $95 million effort financed by the World Bank and Haiti Reconstruction Fund that is aimed at helping more than 500,000 people move back into redeveloped neighborhoods.
Penn co-founded the relief group shortly after the January 2010 earthquake and has overseen maintenance of a large settlement camp on a golf course. He's also testified in Washington regarding Haiti’s reconstruction.