Families become homeowners with Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico in a new multifamily project
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Three families now live in a new, safe, home, centrally located in Río Piedras, as part of one of Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico’s multifamily construction projects.
After Hurricane María passed through the Island almost two years ago, the need for safe and resistant homes became more evident. Habitat has continued to focus on their mission of providing safe homes to low and middle-income families.
Led by the firm of architects, Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, the new project was built on a 6,254-square-foot lot donated by Banco Santander. The building and property, which was built townhouse style, occupies about 4,120 square feet. Two of the homes have 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, while the third dwelling is a one-bedroom and one-bathroom apartment unit, the latter being designed under the provisions of the law for people with disabilities. This housing project is near hospitals, schools, and public transportation.
IG Builders was in charge of the construction, while counting with the sponsorships from Banco Santander, CEMEX, Lanco, Coca Cola, Morell Dapena & Cartagena, Alight Solutions, Starbucks, The Home Depot Foundation, Fundación Plaza Las Américas, P&G, Kroma, Federal Home Loan Bank of NY, and the volunteer workforce of the National Guard.
The three families who were given the opportunity to own their own home were introduced during the handing over of the keys event. They are working families, public servers, mothers, and children.
The requirements to be a beneficiary of a home through our Habitat program include that families or individuals are able to show a need for their own housing, be willing to contribute 320 hours to the construction of their future home, complete 80 hours of workshops on how to be a responsible homeowner and have a low or medium income according to the income tables of the Federal Housing Department. “Having a safe and affordable home will allow them to have a better quality of life,” explained Amanda Silva, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico.
During the construction process, concrete and blocks were used in order to provide a safe structure in the case of future atmospheric or natural phenomena.
“Since 2014, we have collaborated with Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico and it is an honor to be able to provide safe and proper homes to these families, especially after Hurricane María made the need for homes more evident,” said Ricardo Álvarez Díaz of the firm of architects, Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón.