Published: Sep 23, 2011 3:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - A Haitian government official in Miami says the need for affordable housing and medical services in his Caribbean country remains dire amid a cholera epidemic and earthquake recovery efforts.
Consul General Ralph Latortue says Haiti needs sustainable projects that create jobs for Haitians struggling to rebuild their neighborhoods. He says roughly 105,000 homes were destroyed and another 208,000 were damaged in the January 2010 earthquake that crippled Haiti's already fragile infrastructure.
Latortue spoke Thursday night in support of a Pan American Development Fund project that aims to revitalize neighborhoods in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.
PADF says the project will train Haitians to build homes, roads, parks, schools and water treatment systems. The goal is to create 14,000 jobs over the next three years.

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