Wednesday, October 20

The Consell will invest 54 million in the rehabilitation of 4,700 public homes in the province of Alicante


Homes in the Miguel Hernández neighborhood of Alicante

Homes in the Miguel Hernández neighborhood of Alicante
Rafa Arjones

The Department of Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture plans to invest a total of 54 million in the next three years in the province to rehabilitate 4,700 homes of its public park in which some 18,000 people reside. The Second Vice President and Minister of Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture, Rubén Martínez Dalmau, has ensured that the ‘Strategy of urban and social regeneration in the public housing stock of the Generalitat’ is the Council’s greatest bet to end urban segregation in the public promotions.

“We must break down barriers between poverty and wealth and we cannot have walls of shame “, said the vice president at the presentation in Alicante of the strategy, before adding that” the Generalitat must have a decent public park and that has to imply a participation like the one we are doing with municipalities and families. “The Regeneration Strategy is a framework document, prepared by the Subdirectorate of Social Intervention of the Entitat Valenciana d’Habitatge i Sòl (EVha), to guide the processes of rehabilitation, regeneration, urban renewal and intervention community that are developed in the neighborhoods where there are public housing in which the Department is carrying out actions.

Martínez Dalmau stressed that these actions are intended to “promote the most social part of EVha and will be added to the already well-known Public Park Dignification Plan”, a program that includes 37 interventions (nine Urban Regeneration and Rehabilitation Areas and 28 Comprehensive Intervention Plans Sustainable) in the public park and an initial investment of more than 54 million euros. All of this supposes a social intervention in 4,750 homes where some 18,000 people, according to a statement from the Generalitat.

The vice president lamented that “progress has acted like a centrifuge, expelling families from the center of cities” and in this regard has pointed out that the Botànic Government has changed this dynamic and “now homes are also being acquired in the center of cities to allocate them to social rent because the right to enjoy the city must be the same for everyone, regardless of economic condition. ”

The vice president has pointed out that presenting this plan in Alicante “is not by chance” since in this city, together with Elche, there are “the greatest challenges as a government, such as public housing groups. Miguel Hernández, Virgen del Carmen, San Antón and Los Palmerales“He also highlighted that the planned investment in housing in the province of Alicante until 2023 amounts to 79 million euros.

The vice president has announced the four axes included in the Strategyto. In the first place, an improvement of the habitat and coexistence will be promoted through the intensification of actions aimed at conserving the public park, encouraging citizen participation in the planning, execution and subsequent evaluation.

Second, sustainable economic and community development will be strengthened and social and labor integration will be prioritized through personalized itineraries, in coordination with the municipality’s social services. Third, it is intended to expand well-being and social cohesion. This translates into going beyond the satisfaction of basic needs and endowing these areas with new capacities to promote a higher quality of life.

Finally, networking and a community approach will be promoted to “break that dangerous dichotomy between private and forbidden space and that dehumanized public space that no one feels as their own.” The Strategy is framed in Law 3/2017 by the social function of housing and in the Habitat 2030 Plan and it is reinforced by other autonomous, state and international regulatory frameworks.

To develop the Strategy, a diagnosis has been made, through the Community’s Sensitive Urban Spaces Viewer (VEUS), which has shown that in almost all vulnerable neighborhoods the realities are similar: urban and residential degradation and existence of sub-housing ; deficit of community, socio-cultural and commercial facilities and difficulties for urban mobility; high rates of unemployment, low rate of economic activity or fragility of family economies; low educational levels, high rate of school absenteeism and school failure.

For his part, the CEO of EVha, Alberto Aznar, stressed that to improve the quality of life of people living in disadvantaged areas “it is essential to coordinate the administrations and public entities involved in the development of the neighborhood, together with an active and real participation of the citizens themselves.”

The presentation was also attended by the general director of Housing and Urban Regeneration, Elena Azcarraga, and the territorial director of Housing and Rehabilitation of Alicante, Vicente Caturla.


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