46 million help 5 Algarve municipalities to build housing

Tight timing is one of the possible obstacles, with Miguel Pinto Luz considering that one of the “big challenges” is a pact “with civil construction”.

Paulo Alves, president of the Chamber of Monchique, David Pimentel, vice-president of the Chamber of Loulé, Isilda Gomes, president of the Chamber of Portimão, Hugo Pereira, president of the Chamber of Lagos, and Paulo Paulino, president of the Chamber of Alcoutim

The Councils of Alcoutim, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique and Portimão signed, this Tuesday, June 11, contracts with the Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation (IHRU) to move forward with housing intended for affordable rental. The ceremony took place in Faro and was attended by two members of the Government. 

Miguel Pinto Luz, Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, and Manuel Castro Almeida, Deputy Minister of Territorial Cohesion, participated in this initiative, having heard messages about the need for “consensus” among everyone on this matter of housing.

Both José Apolinário, president of the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR), and Rogério Bacalhau, president of the Chamber of Faro, consider that the lack of housing is one of the main problems in the region.

These projects, which will be financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), must be completed – that is, with tenants already living in the houses – by June 30, 2026.

«It would be shameful if we didn't achieve the objective or, at least, if we didn't do everything to achieve it», said Manuel Castro Almeida.

 

 

 

 

Tight timing is one of the possible obstacles, with Miguel Pinto Luz considering that one of the “big challenges” is a pact “with civil construction” that is being worked on.

«We are aware that the sector has reduced its capacity and that it has gone beyond borders to find forms of income», said the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, speaking to journalists.

«We are not just talking about housing: the Government has signed contracts for health, schools and infrastructure. The effort that will be made is enormous and we have to find solutions so that this [civil construction] sector has the capacity,” he added.

Also speaking to journalists, António Pina, president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community, explained that «most» of these five municipalities (Alcoutim, Lagos, Loulé, Monchique and Portimão) were already «waiting for funding» from the PRR to be able to move forward with the works.

«They should already have the projects, the opinions ready, and the decision is to take them to the Municipal Assembly and launch the work, hoping that there will be competitors», he added.

 

 

 

This will, moreover, be housing intended «exclusively» for affordable rental, «based on households that have low incomes and live in a vulnerable situation».

Asked whether these 46 million euros were a little short, António Pina alluded to “other candidacies” from other municipalities, such as Olhão and Faro.

From minister Pinto Luz, who was even head of the Democratic Alliance list, for the Algarve, in the last Legislatures, came the guarantee that there will be «a second plan from the Government to «help all those who were left out of these candidacies».

«All regions have their problems and that is why we were here to sign these contracts. It would be good if there were more municipalities,” he concluded.

 

Photos: Pedro Lemos | Sul Informação

 

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