Nosara Housing Project Will Benefit 2012 Earthquake Victims

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A housing project for 23 families is being planned for a property located in the Los Arenales neighborhood to help resolve the situation of families affected by the September 5, 2012 earthquake, as well as other poor families in the district, according to Vice Mayor Adriana Rodriguez.

Ten families who were given orders to relocate after the earthquake are amongst those who will benefit from the project. These are families who do not own a house or property but were living in rented or borrowed homes, specified Marcos Avila, president of the Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN). People who own property do not qualify for this project.

From an initial list of 130 other families in need, a final list of 23 beneficiaries has been determined based on visits from social workers and studies of the families with the most need, taking into account indicators such as the number of children in the family, Avila explained.

The project is a joint effort of the Ministry of Housing, the Municipality of Nicoya and ADIN. The Nicoyan construction company Evicen has been chosen to oversee the project, as it is an entity authorized to oversee housing bonuses byBANHVI (Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda), the Housing Loan Bank.

The project is a result of a meeting held in November of 2013, where two options were discussed—the families could solicit bonuses from BANHVI on an individual basis, but they expressed many doubts about the process, or they could create a housing project in Nosara, where the majority of families that received relocation orders were located, explained Rodriguez. 

The property has been purchased, a site map has been prepared and individual lot deeds prepared.

Mario Fonseca of Evicen, who is in charge of the project, said the houses will be standard bonus-style houses with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room/kitchen area. Once studies are completed the project will be submitted to Coocique, the entity authorized to finance the project, and to the board of directors of BANHVI for approval. He estimated that the project might take six months or longer.