The Government of the Canary Islands through the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing has completed today the process of handing over the keys to their temporary homes in the municipality of Tazacorte 12 families who lost their only home to the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma. This is the second batch of homes acquired by the public company Visocan, after those in Fuencaliente, and which are now delivered to the families selected by the technical committee after a list of candidates drawn up by the team of social workers deployed in the Valley of Aridane to serve those affected.
The winners and new tenants of these homes located in the town of Tazacorte, went this morning to the House of Culture to collect the keys to their new houses. With the handover of keys, the usual prior procedure in this type of delivery is completed, that is, visit to the properties, acceptance of the same, and signing of the administrative document of the contract with Visocan.
The houses are apartments with one, two and three bedrooms, and one of the houses is accessible for people with disabilities. These are homes of between 60 and 90 square meters, with kitchens installed and located in the center of the municipality of Tazacorte.
The new tenants have already signed their rental contract and are now free to start living in the homes when they deem it appropriate. It should be remembered that the registration for the installation of electricity and water corresponds, as is usual in any rental, to the successful tenderer. Visocan is facilitating all the procedures, but it must be the tenants who formalize the administrative act since they are the successful bidders and residents. However, the public company will monitor them, in case they have any difficulty registering.
Likewise, the Government of the Canary Islands has committed to helping families who justify that they do not have the resources to pay the electricity and water bills of these new homes while they inhabit them.
For the families that lost their furniture in the eruption, the Government of the Canary Islands will pay for their purchase through a transfer to those families with a minimum of 10,000 euros to be delivered by the Ministry of Social Rights, although this amount could be increased due to the number of members of the family unit or special needs that may be had.
The Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Government of the Canary Islands has already purchased 18 homes in the municipalities of Fuencaliente and Tazacorte to face the housing emergency that many families on La Palma affected by the volcanic eruption are going through, and is finalizing the purchase of another 75 homes in the municipalities of Tazacorte and Los Llanos in the coming weeks. To these homes bought by Visocan will be added a dozen more flats owned by the Instituto Canario de Vivienda (ICAVI), which is expected to reach the end of the year with more than one hundred homes available for these families. To these we must also add the modular homes that the Ministry is acquiring and whose first 30 units will begin to be installed in the municipality of El Paso in the coming weeks.