SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 10 May. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Cabildo de Tenerife has approved in the Governing Council the Insular Housing Rehabilitation Program 2022, which will have a budget of 1,000,463 euros, whose distribution will be carried out in accordance with the criteria of the Canarian Federation of Municipalities (Fecam).
The island’s president, Pedro Martín, explains that this program, with which collaboration with all municipalities continues to be strengthened, “is fundamentally aimed at the population with fewer economic resources, to help homes meet minimum conditions of habitability, security and accessibility”.
As has been done in other areas, he points out in a note, “once again we deliver the money to the municipalities so that they are the ones who directly manage the aid with their neighbors.”
In this sense, it highlights that, as a novelty this year, it has been agreed to halve the municipal contribution, taking into account the economic difficulties derived from the pandemic that municipalities are going through.
“Not only do we collaborate with all the municipalities of the island in terms of housing, but we also increase the percentage that the Cabildo contributes to the program in each municipality,” he points out.
In this way, municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants will only assume 5 percent of the costs (previously 10%), those with between 20,000 and 50,000 inhabitants 10 percent (previously 20%), and those with more than 50,000 25 percent (previously 50%).
The insular councilor for Municipal Cooperation and Housing, Zebenzuí Chinea, explains that “the program establishes as preferential criteria for the distribution both the socioeconomic situation of the beneficiaries and the state of conservation of the properties, giving priority to those that are in worse situation in relation to both aspects”.
Zebenzuí Chinea also anticipates that “with the aim of giving more flexibility to the municipalities so that they can complete the projects, an execution period of 18 months has been established”, which may be extended, if the local corporations request it, “which will facilitate the management and execution of both municipal services and people who are beneficiaries of this aid.”
The counselor also highlights that “although the individual amount for homeowners will have a limit of 10,000 euros, in exceptional cases of extreme need that are justified, the aid may be increased up to 20,000 euros.”
Through this program it will be possible to finance those works that include the total or partial improvement of the accessibility conditions of a home and that guarantee its safety, such as the reinforcement or replacement of structural elements and the adaptation to the current regulations of issues such as water, gas, electricity or fire protection.
The municipalities will be in charge of distributing these direct aids among those owners who do not have sufficient economic resources and whose homes are not in minimum conditions of habitability or accessibility.