Three eligible families under the Full Concrete Housing (FCH) Unit Scheme, two from Dubreuil and one from Vuillemin respectively, received the keys of their housing unit yesterday, during a ceremony at Rishi Dayanand Road, Dubreuil. The Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, and other personalities were present on the occasion.

In his address, Minister Wong highlighted that Government believes that everyone is entitled to live a decent life in proper conditions and empowers them to progress. He underlined that the FCH project is one of the various measures implemented to attain Government's objectives of eradicating poverty and improving the quality of life of vulnerable members of the society.

He pointed out that the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has come up with a social housing project offering housing units ranging from 40 m� to 50m� that are equipped with all the necessary facilities, amenities, security and a harmonious environment where beneficiaries can live an active and healthy life in better conditions. He emphasised that owning a house represents a new start in life of the families who will now live in decent conditions and in dignity.

Moreover, Mr Wong urged parents to ensure a proper upbringing of their children in a healthy environment and to inculcate in them the values of discipline, hard work and sacrifice. This will ensure that the future generation grow up as responsible adults and are equipped with the necessary life skills to improve their social status and break free from the shackles of poverty, he added.

The housing units and Full Concrete Housing Unit Scheme (FCHS)

Government is making provision for two types of units namely 40 m� and 50m� depending on the plot of land. This type of housing unit is equipped with plumbing and electrical installation, septic tanks and water connection, amongst others. Beneficiaries will have to pay only 25% of the cost depending on their age. The duration of the monthly payment will lapse between 20 and 25 years depending upon the repayment capacity of the beneficiary.

The objective of the FCHS is to provide decent housing, with the possibility of extension, to eligible vulnerable families. Many eligible beneficiaries of the NEF live in housing units which are in bad conditions and deemed unfit. Based on an application for a housing unit and criteria set for the scheme, beneficiaries have been selected to benefit from NEF's housing scheme. The beneficiary should be eligible under the Social Register of Mauritius, and be the owner of the plot of land; or should be a lessee of a State Land from the Ministry of Housing and Lands.

Source: Government of Mauritius