The Ministry of Public Works allocates 65.5 million to housing aid policies in Asturias
The Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, signed on Thursday along with the Minister of Social Welfare and Housing of the Principality of Asturias, Esther Diaz, an agreement by which the Ministry will allocate 65.5 million euros to policies to help access to housing in Asturias.
The minister, in his speech after the signing of the agreement, has stressed the importance of this firm because it will favor the rehabilitation of housing and encourage rental. Specifically, this agreement contemplates facilitating access to housing for the population with fewer resources, supporting rent as an “ideal” way to access housing, the rehabilitation of buildings and urban regeneration and renovation.
United 65.5 million euros to the contribution of the Principality in this matter, of almost eight million euros, can benefit from this agreement, according to Pastor, 9,400 applicants for aid for rent, can rehabilitate more than 2,200 homes and will serve to subsidize more than 5,000 loans for the acquisition of families’ homes. “We will reach thousands of Asturian families who need to improve their homes,” he said.
Thus, the Ministry’s investment is broken down into 26.89 million euros corresponding to loan subsidies, 26.6 million euros to subsidies and 12.14 million euros more for aid derived from previous plans.
This agreement will also involve the mobilization of more than 40 million private investment, according to the minister, because “the mobilization of public aid also generates the inflow of private capital.” In this way, the plan will generate “at least” 1,200 direct jobs in the next three years.
For the owner of Development, it is “necessary” to promote policies to promote equal opportunities for Asturians in all aspects, especially in housing and transport. In this sense, it has indicated that Spain was “at the tail of Europe” in terms of rental policies, in addition to registering low percentages in housing rehabilitation and energy saving in them. Although he has acknowledged that they are “pending subjects” in Spain, he has assured that the new rental law and the urban rehabilitation law are “very important”.
For her part, the Minister of Social Welfare and Housing thanked the “speed” of the Ministry to attend the signing of the agreement a week after having been approved by the Governing Council. “It shows the collaboration between administrations to respond to the needs of citizens,” said Díaz.
The agreement will facilitate access to housing for the terminally ill
Diaz has highlighted in turn the benefits of this agreement for people who have been evicted from their homes, “will help facilitate access to housing for these people,” he said. In addition, she has shown confidence that the rehabilitation can reach the rural areas of Asturias.
However, he assured that it will be difficult to execute the agreement within the deadline. “We have anticipated all the work that was possible to activate the agreement, but there is no doubt that given the highs of the year in which we are, we will have significant difficulties,” he warned.
The agreement is divided into seven programs. The first is oriented to the subsidization of agreed loans, which consists of an aid that is deducted from the mortgage loan installment; the second program includes a rental aid that will benefit people with an income limit less than three times the ‘Iprem’ (22,365 euros).
The third program is oriented to the public park of housing for rent and the fourth to the promotion of building rehabilitation. In addition, a program to promote regeneration and urban renewal is included, another program to implement the building evaluation report and finally a program to promote sustainable and competitive cities.