38 families get temporary housing

Some 38 families of  squatters ejected from private property in August have new but temporary housing.

The families are among the hundreds of persons thrown off  Finca Chánguena and Finca 3 in Palma Sur by police, who were following a court order. The evictions ended years of court action to clear the land.

The evicted individuals staged protests and blocked all or part of a key bridge on the Interamerican Sur for several weeks until the government promised them housing.

The temporary plywood dwellings were constructed by Fundación TECHO Costa Rica in conjunction with government agencies. Some 144 persons will live there.

The Ministerio de Vivienda y Asentamientos Humanos is planning more permanent housing that will be ready by the middle of next year.

The Instituto Costarricense de Desarrollo Rural invested 76 million colons or about $144,000 into the project, said Casa Presidencial.

Ana Gabriel Zúñiga Aponte, a vice minister of the Presidencia, visited the site this week and said that the central government stepped in to provide immediate assistance while the proposed permanent projects advance. She cited respect for human rights. She was quoted by Casa Presidencial.

Volunteers raise a wall of one of the temporary homes.

Volunteers raise a wall of one of the temporary homes.

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