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New Cancun housing project will provide homes to those in irregular colonies

Cancun, Q.R. — The municipality of Benito Juárez says they have begun the construction of homes that will be used to house those in the city’s irregular communities.

The duplex-housing project is part of the new reformed Human Settlements Law which provides housing through the Action Program for Dignified Housing. The homes, which will consist of 43.7 square meters with a 9-meter back yard, will house hundreds who have been evicted from illegally setting on land along the city’s suburbs.

The new homes are being built in the northwestern quadrant of Cancun. The first beneficiaries of the new homes will be those removed from the irregular settlements from the colony of El Fortín, where 82 families were evicted last year.

Those families currently live on temporary property and pay 500 peso per month for rent. The construction of the homes will resolve the irregular colony situation, bringing people into urbanized areas with full services.

Carlos Ríos Castellanos, head of Sedetus in Quintana Roo says “We are opening the program of lots and homes with services to try to inhibit people from opting for irregular lots that will generate problems in the long run due to lack of services and title deeds.”

He says some of the families that will benefit are also those who made an irregular property purchase, such as those involving ejidal lands.

The first phase of the project is scheduled for 2018-2019 which will see the construction of the homes, many of which will be in the subdivision of Villas Lakin. The city says they anticipate to start delivering the homes by the end of next year.

Initially, the Cancun housing project will house 500 families. The project is state-wide and will benefit more than 10,000 families in Quintana Roo. It is a project of the Secretariat of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development.

Irregular colonies have become a growing concern with municipalities such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum after hundreds began arriving to the area over the past few years, setting up illegal homes which has added to the regions crime. The illegal makeshift homes are also an environmental concern.