Fuerteventura will be the first island to take the initiative to put into circulation the 1,700 empty houses held by the Asset Management Society from the Bank Restructuring (Sareb) in majorera lands. The Cabildo will take the creation of an Empty Housing Consortium to the Governing Council that will be held on the 20th, as announced by its president, Blas Acosta, before the meeting that the Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Housing of the Autonomous Government, SebastianFranchise, celebrated yesterday with representatives of the seven councils, who asked for “land and investment” to build more publicly owned houses.
By creating this body, the majorera corporation will be responsible for urban and municipal matters, so it can coordinate with the consistories both the transfer of land and the ‘rescue’ of empty houses to allocate them to affordable rents. Most of these are located in Puerto del Rosario, which together with Pájara and La Oliva – which already gave land for Official Protection Housing (VPO) in the previous legislature – are the municipalities that have land. However, the last two will have to deal with a major obstacle since they lack planning. “Pájara has annulled it since 2003 and 17 years later it remains the same, while La Oliva has only subsidiary rules, it lacks a General Plan,” Acosta explained.
TheCanary Governmentrecently resorted to the one known asbad bank, which acquired 12 houses, precisely 11 of them in Puerto del Rosario and one in La Laguna, to be used for social rent. In the case of Fuerteventura, Acosta is committed to the other formula that the Regional Executive also employs, that of giving use to these empty homes without buying them, but with the purpose of leasing them to families with lower incomes, for which it will be necessary to carry out a census of plaintiffs.
It is precisely the lack of up-to-date data that has led the Grancanario Cabildo to create the Housing Observatory in collaboration with theULPGC“to make a real diagnosis that allows us to know what measures we should take,” explained the area counselor, Conchi Monzón. The latest information available dates back to the study of the Canary Institute of Statistics conducted in 2011, which numbered 138,262 empty houses in the Islands and 13,400 public housing applicants, of which about 7,000 would belong to Gran Canaria.
Two decades ago that in Lanzarote, the third most populous island in the Archipelago, VPOs are not built. In August of last year, the City Council of Arrecife unlocked the cession of land to build 400 social homes in the neighborhood of Maneje, a project that had been paralyzed since 2018 because the previous government group had not made the municipal land available to the regional Executive .
As for the western islands, the municipalities of Tenerife that have already informed the Cabildo that they have land are Santa Cruz, Santiago delTeideand Adeje. In the case of La Palma, they have offered solar councils such as Santa Cruz, Los Llanos and Punta Llana. Although less populated islands do not experience as much housing demand, they have also begun to address the problem. All the municipalities of La Gomera have reserved areas for VPO in their planning and Vallehermoso and San Sebastián de La Gomera already have public housing, while in Alajeró they are pending to be awarded to families. In El Hierro, 24 social houses are currently being built in Valverde that would have to be completed in September of this year.