The Integral Program for the Tourist and Urban Development of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo started the Housing Improvement Project which contemplates the repair of 140 houses of poor families in the sectors of San Antón, Santa Bárbara, San Miguel and San Lázaro.
The purpose is to repair the houses that are in bad conditions in order to integrate them to the rehabilitation project of the Colonial City.
The Colonial City Housing Improvement Program (Promevi) is financed by the European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and seeks to benefit the quality of life and the economy of the residents in the northern part of the old city.
According to the Coordinating Unit of the Program (UCP), which is executed by the Ministry of Tourism, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of the National District (ADN) and the Ministry of Culture (MINC), it seeks to improve the housing inventory in the Colonial City, a problem that is more common in the communities of the northern zone.
Promevi also aims to increase the adaptation of housing to disaster risks and the impacts of climate change, implementing cost-effective resilience measures, energy efficiency, water saving and the use of less polluting construction materials.
It also emphasizes gender equity and diversity, as it prioritizes women, female heads of household and single mothers, as well as the elderly and people with disabilities, in addition to households in which women are the main providers.
The purpose is to ensure that they are included within the legal instruments that regulate property rights.
After a public bidding process, the Colonial City Program awarded the operational management to the Dominican Institute of Integral Development, which has the responsibility of organizing the days of participation of the residents in the area and accompanying them.
Residents interested in enrolling in this program can go to the Promevi-IDDI office, located at Santiago Rodriguez Street #1, in San Miguel, Colonial City, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., request the enrollment form, fill it out and turn it in.
The deadline for housing registration was opened on November 28 and the closing date will be January 25, 2024.
Promevi consists of four important components: social, which aims to involve the population in each phase, legal, which will facilitate the processes of regularization of tenure and will implement a legal clinic.
Also the technical component, which includes the diagnostic processes, surveys, design of the intervention projects, supervision and quality control during the construction processes of the improvements, as well as the constructive component, which involves the refurbishment of the housing.