Four more specialised housing projects are set to be carried out with an investment of one million euro, announced Minister for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes. These are projects through which NGOs are allocated government-owned properties which have been left in a dilapidated state and are also provided with the necessary funding to carry out repair works in order to be able to eventually utilise them to offer specialised services.
Minister Galdes said that following a call for expression of interest for which 11 proposals were submitted, the Specialised Housing Board selected the following projects:
- Dar Qawsalla proposed by MGRM (Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement)
- YMCA Communal House proposed by YMCA Malta
- Dar Mixtla proposed by Fondazzjoni Sebħ
- Extension of Dar Tereża proposed by Richmond Foundation
Minister Roderick Galdes said that this investment is double what was allocated by the government back in 2019 and that during 2021, more projects of this kind will be announced.
He explained that the roots of these projects come from the experiences of young people, adults, parents and families whose voice has been heard by this government.
Minister Roderick Galdes argued that these projects are an innovative concept because they combine structure, sustainable design and social services while also strengthening the third sector in our country.
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Recreation and Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima claimed that such programmes serve as a point of reference for the rest of the Maltese society and are addressing specific needs of voluntary organisations
Leonid McKay, the CEO of the Housing Authority explained that there are certain categories of people in the community who find it easier to contact NGOs when a need arises. He stressed that, “the specialised housing projects are enabling synergy between the work carried out by NGOs and the services offered by the state.”
The specialised housing project is being carried out in full collaboration with the Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers. A design competition will be held in December for three buildings which will be used for specialised housing purposes.