The scheme to arrange and repair common areas of social accommodation buildings is now in its fifth year.
Social Accommodation Minister Roderick Galdes told a media conference that the scheme is being extended to another 16 localities through an investment of 600,000 euro.
“We have today announced another 16 localities, and 16 Local Councils will benefit from funds to assist citizens living in these social housing areas to repair common parts and maintain them in a good state,” Minister Galdes stated.
The Minister added that some 5,600 apartments have been restored and repaired over the last five years, enabling families to have a habitation. It is now important that these apartments are not only maintained in a good state, but the common parts have to be of a certain level. Minister Galdes said these funds will help for over 100 apartment blocks to be seen to by year’s end.
This, the Minister added, shows that the country’s economic growth in recent years is now translating into more social measures. “This scheme is in its fifth year and shows we are even investing in such social measures. Even more, we are believing in regeneration, the regeneration of communities to maintain in a good state the country’s capital classes, and also by helping Local Councils and facilitating assistance among residents to maintain these Government apartments in a good state.”
Local Government Minister Jose Herrera stated that although the European Union capped a country’s distribution of social accommodation, the Government is still working to ensure everyone in the country will have a roof over their heads. Whilst recognising this is one of the biggest problems faced by the country, the Minister stressed that through the introduction of social measures, the level of all social classes in Malta and Gozo is being raised.