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Published on Tuesday, September 28, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government, through the Housing Institute, gave a condominium with 22 houses, valued at about $960,200 to squatters classified as impoverished families.

According to the institute, the condominium, called Nobel Prize, is located in Cristo Rey District, San José Province. The land belongs to the institute, but it was invaded by squatters 20 years ago. Of those squatters, 22 families received one of the condos.

In addition, these 22 families received a stipend to pay their rent elsewhere, during the time that the construction of the condominium lasted, which began in 2020 and ended this month. This bonus was paid with the budget of the Institute of Social Aid.

The condo was built in 1,600 square meters of property, including three buildings of four levels with bridges that interconnect towers.

The condos have different units catered to household size and elderly folks. They include units with 2 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms, plus basic services such as drinking water and electricity.

The government did not detail information on whether the beneficiaries of the houses and the bonuses were Costa Rican or foreign-born immigrants.

The government is also developing a project to provide a house to 69 low-income families in the community in Limón Province.

In April, the government announced an allocated budget of more than $65 million to develop 16 residential projects to give homes to 1,301 poor families.

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