Minister for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes visited the new social housing site in Tas-Sisla, Birkirkara, which entered its final phase as installation of services and finishes commenced. The 3,000-square-meter site includes six blocks with 73 apartments and 56 garages, being built with an investment exceeding €4.3 million.
“We have heard this plead and today we are proud to announce that the unprecedented investment we are making in the housing sector, the largest investment in 40 years, is beginning to bear fruit and we are seeing another project entering its final phase”.
He added that he meets and talks with applicants for social housing daily and understands their needs. He reiterated that for some these apartments have no value but for these families, it means hope for a better life, a hope for a better tomorrow.
“We are committed that the future social housing model will be one where we do not invest only in stone, we do not give only four walls or an apartment key but we give holistic and social support to the tenants of these blocks before and after the allocation”.
Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority Leonid McKay reiterated that, “As a Housing Authority we are satisfied that these new social housing projects are one step closer to being allocated to families who cannot move forward without them. As an authority we are currently revising the social housing allocation policy so that it reflects the social needs of the day and to ensure the sustainability of this stock. As soon as these apartments are allocated to families who are genuinely in need, we will be really and truly making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals from all walks of life”.