The cost of the 69 houses was budgeted at more than $1.6 million.
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Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2021
The project to provide a house to 69 low-income families in the community of Las Barras del Caribe in Limón Province is advancing, the Ministry of Housing said.
The cost of the 69 houses was budgeted at approximately $1,688,883. Funds were covered with budgets from the Housing Bank. Of these houses, 26 are already habited, the remaining 43 are in the construction process, with different degrees of progress, the ministry said.
In total, the housing project has the goal of providing 200 families living in poverty in different places in the North Caribbean Coast with a house appropriate to the characteristics of the area.
The ministry contracted the private company Somabacu for the construction of the houses. Currently, the building materials are stored on each family's land.
The designs of the houses must be adapted to the climate and topography of the Caribbean Coast zone. This project had four types of housing designed. They must be either one or two floors, using most of the land of each lot located on the edges of the different river channels.
The houses are made of wood. They are founded on piles reinforced with concrete so that the house can resist the floods that are typical of the area, the ministry said.
In addition, given the environmental conditions, such as the sea breeze, humidity and floods, the woods used for the construction of the house were treated with copper to extend the useful period of the houses.
The Costa Rica-Canada Foundation supervises the housing project, the ministry added.
In April, the Ministry announced an allocated budget of more than $65 million to developing 16 residential projects to give homes to 1,301 families.
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