23 Families in Gumri Moved to New Apartmen’s

GUMRI (Armenpress)–Twenty-three families living in temporary dwellings in Armenia’s second-largest city of Gumri–severely hit by the 1988 earthquake–have already moved to their new flats due to a trial program launched by USAID.

USAID allocates money for purchase of apartmen’s in the local real estate market instead of building new houses for the needy families. All in all the living conditions of 234 families had been examined and 196 of them were granted certificates entitling them to buy apartmen’s.

However–the available funds will meet another 30-35 families’ needs. If the government allocates its portion of the money–37.5 million Drams–another 25 families will get the certificates.

A new program estimated at $15 million will follow meetings by the heads of the program and the local authorities. According to the USAID representative Kim Dilain–financial means will be provided and the program will be put into action starting in May–2001.

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