Homa Bay County Government through the department of Lands, Physical planning and Urban development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ministry of Transport to construct 2,000 affordable housing units in the County.
According to the MoU, the ground-breaking would commence within the next 180 days with social units worth Shs.600,000 for low income earners, 600 units of One bedroom, 1,200 units of two bedroom and 200 units of three bedroom to aid human settlement.
Speaking during a press briefing at the County Headquarters, the Governor said his government will provide 18 Acres of land for the construction of the 2,000 decent, affordable housing units to support the president’s big four pillar of providing affordable housing to Kenyans.
“We established seamless partnership with the state department of housing and urban development to support poor people to get affordable housing,” said Awiti.
Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Charles Hinga Mwaura lauded Homa Bay for being the first county to sign an MoU with the state department and said he will send an Integrated Project Delivery Unit (IPDU) to design a spatial development framework and provide all the technical support for the project.
“The IPDU will provide a one-stop shop that will provide all incentive packages that will reduce the construction costs and be a catalyst that will attract private developers to invest in housing units,” said Mwaura.
He added: “The people of Homa Bay will eventually be able to own a rented house through the National Housing Development Fund to be established soon.”
PS Mwaura noted the importance of the blue economy and pledged to work closely with the Governor to tap into the economy by transforming Homa Bay into a port city by 2030.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata, County Cabinet Executives and a delegation from the state department of housing and urban development.
By Homa Bay Press Unit