Habitat and housing
The Secretary of State for Habitat has described the central aspects developed:
• The soil as a strategic pivotal element
The Government of Santa Fe advances in the implementation of actions aimed at the identification, acquisition and land application to integrated urban development projects, coordinating efforts with local governments and private sectors. In this process it categorizes the social function of the land as a strategic vision and access to quality urban land for sectors of the population that cannot find solutions in the formal market to their housing problems.
Tools: Banco de Tierra (Land Bank), Uptake from soil and added value, property regularisation and securitisation instruments.
• The construction of the habitat as a social catalyst
The Government encourages the participation of all sectors, encouraging the technical, academic and knowledge contribution and management to guarantee the process. The ability in management and State regulation, the articulation of intermediate organizations, vision and entrepreneurial private effort and the work of the beneficiary, all deployed in the common effort to build our space to live
Tools: Technical assistance for the urbanisation, Provision of lots with services and infrastructure, Construction and financing of housing solutions, financial assistance for the acquisition of land, urbanisation and housing.
- Planning and articulation as engines
The Government of Santa Fe promotes the use of strategic and urban planning for habitat development tools, integrating local, metropolitan and regional views. They articulate and coordinate the efforts of management and material and economic resources of all sectors, promoting the concept of shared effort with the beneficiary. Joint and planned interventions between the provincial government, local governments, intermediary organizations, private actors and beneficiaries guarantee the best results.
Tools: Public-private agreements, legislation and urban planning, typological innovation and flexibility of solutions, promotion of associations and self-management training.
• Inclusion and participation
Managing a comprehensive and inclusive habitat policy, requires rethinking every aspect involved in the process of construction of habitat and housing, and analysing the diversity of realities, situations and needs that exist in our citizenship. People live in different places, have different social and urban realities, different family structures, different needs, and their active participation in the definition of policies and the monitoring of the actions is essential.
Managing a participatory habitat policy is promoting self-managed processes, training, responsible participation, organization and the active solidarity of the inhabitants; and it contributes to strengthening community practices, the direct exercise of democracy, the participants’ self-esteem and a more vigorous social coexistence. Our habitat policy is a policy aimed to guarantee civil, social, economic and cultural rights under the premise of listening and include everyone, pondering the differences. Following this guideline, the redesign of the housing policy is the projection of a new concept of housing that addresses the criteria of universality from its conception, flexibility, growth, diversity in its realization (typological and formal) and energy efficiency among others.
My land, my house
This strategic programme promotes access to urban land and housing to sectors that today find it difficult to access a housing solution, with prices far below the ones the market offers.
Accordingly, there was a process of identification of available land in the five regions of the province and the works of infrastructure and services required for their development, to provide lots with basic services, affordable prices and financing schemes adapted to the reality of different sectors of the population who do not have their own houses.
In this context, the agreements of associated developments in different towns in the province are registered; seeking to hand out a wide range of lots with utilities that can be assigned to the population through public drawings, then incorporating them into different forms of access to financing and construction of individual or collective housing.
My Land, My House also provides other tools that have to do with the issue of habitat, in accordance with the most comprehensive and integral vision of the concern that inspired the creation of the Secretary of State in December 2011.
Shared Effort for Neighborhood Improvement
The provincial government launched in May 2013 this Plan for the improvement of Fonavi neighbourhoods, with the purpose to carry out works of infrastructure and sanitation, care of public spaces, the securitization of housing and the formation of consortia.
Counting on the commitment of residents, the State Secretariat of Habitat coordinates the "Programme of Shared Effort for Neighbourhood Improvement", presented as a set of tools that facilitate negotiations between province, municipality and residents of housing complexes, to promote participation and commitment in the care of public spaces and to improve the conditions of coexistence.
While parts of the interventions promoted by the programme have already been implemented in recent years, the idea is to integrate them all together in a same workspace. Therefore, to achieve better performance, supplement them with other actions that allow bringing greater will and commitment from the neighbours.
This plan involves several areas of the State, both provincial and municipal governments as well as service companies, as the provincial companies of Water and Energy.
Those neighborhoods that have their consortia already operating have priorities, or those in the process of formation. Also, institutions and/or legally constituted associations or institutions which are being established can have access to the programme.
The programme will formalise agreements, which will indicate the scope of each intervention, the modalities to be adopted, the distribution of burdens between the parties and the form of participation of the resident neighbours.
The proposal has four main areas: infrastructure and sanitation, securitization of housing units, education and training of consortia and promotion of solidarity among residents for the care of public spaces.
The interventions that are raised are the recovery of parks and playing pitches, renovation of pavements and roads, removal of urban barriers (illegal parking), cleaning of common areas, special repairs and painting of facades.
There is also a strong link with public service companies, such as the Provincial Company of Energy and Aguas Santafesinas (Water Company), to coordinate together works of improvement of the quality of life of residents.
The main objectives of the programme are: fostering solidarity between neighbours, promoting a form of organized social participation favouring the collective effort above the individual effort.