The 1,700 new social accommodation apartments will not be offered for sale

In what has been described as a new dawn for the country’s social sector, Social Accommodation Minister Roderick Galdes announced a new policy for the allocation of new social accommodation residences.

Now that the project for the building of 1,700 new residences for social accommodation is close to finalisation, an allocation policy has been announced that, in the words of Minister Roderick Galdes, takes into account those in need whilst spurring social mobility.

Minister Galdes announced that the new houses will not be offered for sale, and at no stage will it be possible for these to be purchased.  The Minister added that in order to enable the Housing Authority to be in a position to follow the economic and social progress of the beneficiaries, there will be an increase in monitoring, with beneficiaries being subject to verification of income and assets on a regular basis at stipulated periods. The social rent will be proportionate to the resident’s income.

The system of recognition of children and persons living with the beneficiaries of social accommodation will be updated to ensure social accommodation will remain available for those in need. At the same time, the elderly and other persons who opt to swap the social accommodation allocated to them with a smaller one will be assisted.

“In its simplicity this new allocation policy is revolutionary,” Minister Galdes stated. We are detaching ourselves from past policies where homes were used as a political football, and moving on to methods that offer help to the challenges of those who are suffering.”

Minister Galdes described this allocation policy as a mature policy and which reflects the future vision of Maltese society.

The Minister added that it is no longer the time to just provide a roof over one’s head. In fact, in future, the Government will continue to strengthen the spread of services complementing social accommodation in order to address the challenges which will have placed families in dire need.

The new allocation policy reflects a system that is bringing social progress, a system that is reaping results, with the announcement last weekend that the waiting list for alternative accommodation had been reduced by nearly half and dropped to 1,900 persons.