Esposende changes Local Housing Strategy and opts to build 104 homes instead of rehabilitating

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The Esposende City Council is going to build 104 housing units in the municipality, 91 of which will be for rent and the remaining 13 for rehousing families affected by the Pedrinhas/Cedovém redevelopment project in Apúlia, it was announced today.

In a statement, the council said that the new two-bedroom homes will be built in Apúlia (Criaz), Rio Tinto, Gemeses, Palmeira de Faro and Vila Chã.

According to the council, this is an amendment to the initial version of the Local Housing Strategy, which had been approved in September 2021 and which provided for the acquisition and rehabilitation of fractions or buildings to be used as housing for the rehousing of 91 households.

“The reality of the real estate market in the municipality has imposed several constraints on the materialization of this housing solution, due to the short supply and very high prices,” he explains.

As a result, despite the efforts made by the municipality, it became “unfeasible” to implement the housing solution initially planned, “so it was necessary to find another type of response to make up for the existing shortcomings in terms of access to housing”.

The Local Housing Strategy foresaw an overall investment of around 23 million euros, but the amount to be invested in the new version has not yet been quantified.

But, the council stresses, it will be “a large-scale investment”.

The mayor, Benjamim Pereira, stresses that the municipality will continue to promote “solutions for people who live in undignified conditions and who do not have the financial capacity to bear the cost of access to adequate housing”.

The Esposende City Council already offers the community a rental support program, as well as a housing requalification program through the cooperation protocol signed with the Esposende Solidário Association.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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