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Low-cost housing units to be distributed to five categories

Al-Shaya meets citizens during 1st weekly meetings

KUWAIT CITY, April 15: The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) announced the listing of 4,507 housing units from the low-cost housing projects within the 2021-2022 fiscal year’s budget, reports Al-Qabas daily. It affirmed that the offering and the contracting process for the implementation of the project will take place after receiving the approval of the Ministry of Finance. In response to a parliamentary question, PAM explained that the infrastructure works in the low-cost housing project will be completed in May.

Sulaibiya and Taima areas are not designated for housing. The procedures for distributing low-cost homes in the new project according to the residential welfare regulation target five categories – the families of divorced women, widows of Kuwaiti citizens, Kuwaiti families applying for housing care (their priority in distributing alternative housing) is not mentioned, the families of Kuwaiti women who are widowed, and widows of non-Kuwaitis and their families.

The categories also include Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti military personnel from the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense, and other special cases from the aforementioned families whose circumstances require assistance and renting of house without being restricted to priority, based on a decision issued by the minister or director general or based on a recommendation from the committee. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Shaya Al-Shaya received citizens during the first weekly meetings in the presence of officials from Kuwait Municipality and Ministry of Housing Affairs.

He said, “The meetings are in line with the directives of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled to open the doors permanently, and not temporarily. This approach will be implemented in all the bodies under my supervision.” Al-Shaya recommended the formation of a committee in the Kuwait Municipality and the housing ministry for completing the transactions of elderly people with special needs, according to the legal procedures. He revealed, “I had to complete these transactions myself, and I did not see the presence of any elderly with special needs due to the difficulties they face during their visit in the government agencies.” Al-Shaya said, “The meetings are aimed to listen to the observations and suggestions of citizens dealing with the housing ministry and the Kuwait Municipality in order to remove the barriers between officials and citizens. It is the right of citizens to meet the officials directly and convey their problems, and it is the duty of the officials to listen to them and solve their cases according to the legal frameworks if possible, or to clarify the procedures that are followed in their cases.”

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