In the Valle de La Estrella in the province of Limón, the Housing Mortgage Bank (BANHVI) financed the construction of 86 homes built with an innovative design in wood and on stilts, aimed at families in extreme need, elderly, people with disabilities and women heads of household.
The housing project – in which BANHVI invested ¢ 1,783 million with resources from the Social Development Fund and Family Allowances – was delivered this Monday by the President of the Republic Carlos Alvarado, the First Lady, Claudia Dobles; the vice president and coordinator of the Caribbean Board Marvin Rodríguez and the Minister of Housing and Human Settlements Irene Campos.
The construction of these 86 homes has been possible thanks to an alignment of efforts between the Government of the Republic, the Ministry of Housing and BANHVI, together with the private sector represented by the Costa Rica Canada Foundation, in charge of the administration of the resources. and the supervision of the construction works and of the construction company Consultoría Mar Azul SA
President Alvarado commented that the construction of housing projects such as the one in Cartagena in the Valle de la Estrella is part of the strategy implemented by his administration to reduce social gaps, promoting comprehensive housing solutions that allow the most vulnerable families to have access to opportunities for their development.
“You couldn’t call them home, it was a shame where we lived,” summarized Santiago García, one of the new owners, to the place where he lived with his partner Ana Yesenia and their children Jeudi, Jafet and Kenay. “Everything changed in our lives. Now we are safe and calm. When we received the keys, we couldn’t believe it, ”he said.
Referring to the development of the housing project, the Minister of Housing and Human Settlements, Irene Campos, highlighted the innovation in the construction work, not only in the design of the houses but also in the materials used.
During the activity – prior to the Governing Council session in commemoration of the Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture – the authorities announced that during the Alvarado Quesada administration, 5,213 housing subsidies have been granted in the province of Limón, for an investment of ¢ 46,074 million.
In total, 14 housing projects and three community bond works have been approved, delivered or are in the process of construction, in different cantons of the Limonense province, managed in this administration or that were approved before May 2018 but that are executed in this government.
Among the housing projects there are 1,061 benefited families and in the three community bonds 4,347 people who will receive the benefit of having infrastructure works to improve their quality of life.