RIYADH: Thousands of Saudi Arabia’s most needy families will own a home within five years, after the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing signed agreements for 5,000 homes in the Riyadh region.
Majed Al-Hogail signed the agreements on Thursday with the National Housing Development Corporation (Sakan) and the Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans in Riyadh (Ensan).
They were signed in the presence of Riyadh Governor Faisal bin Bandar, who also chairs Ensan’s board of directors.
The governor praised the efforts of the ministry and the two organizations to “activate humanitarian and non-profit work for the most important need of families, which is housing that provides a decent life and a future.”
Ensan focuses on helping orphans lead a “dignified life with high-quality programs and a distinguished method that will win the trust of the community.”
The agreements aim to create the necessary environment for the non-profit sector to increase its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product, achieve family stability for people, and increase Saudi home ownership in various cities.
They cover a period of five years and provide adequate housing for families registered in Ensan and in accordance with the support mechanism approved by the Jood Eskan platform.
There are 5,000 housing units in the agreements: 2,000 prefabricated housing villas within the projects of the ministry, the allocation of 1,500 lots of land that the ministry agrees to provide, and the allocation of 1,500 lots of the land of the beneficiaries or the land you have have been allocated to them by charities.
The minister highlighted the effective role of the agreements to promote the participation of the third sector and stimulate housing development programs.
He also highlighted Jood Eskan’s role in empowering civil associations and providing the necessary financial resources in partnership with community members to provide housing for families in need, improve the quality of life for families, and develop economic and socially to its members.
“When families do not have their own home, some of their members may be exposed to situations of stress and difficulties that can lead to psychological disorders and can be reflected in a negative form of behavior as a result of frustration, especially with the head of the family. family. said sociologist Dr. Abdullah Alhisan, adding that the government was encouraging the private and non-profit sectors to sponsor homeownership initiatives.
“I call for the continuous adoption of campaigns to stimulate initiatives that contribute to providing the basic requirements of needy families, since this results in positive effects for society. Unfortunately, donations or alms are still disbursed in the form of charities. We should put a slogan for each housing family in light of the prevailing social culture, which tends to be homeowners more than other cultures around the world.”
Alhisan urged support for the charity housing initiatives until they become a reality, saying such an outcome would achieve an overall level of social stability.
He stressed the importance of stimulating the for-profit sector that helped secure housing through government privileges. He also hoped that the nonprofit sector would play a better role than it currently does in developing its tools.
He said agreements like the ones signed Thursday had a positive impact on people in need, their thoughts, actions and behavior.
Homelessness “can be bad incubators for the frustrated in one way or another. That’s when they see that their basic needs are not being met.”