ORIHUELA council has announced a major financial injection into some of the most disadvantaged areas of the municipality.
The local authority is investing €632,000 in districts with the highest levels of poverty over the next two years under the Cinturon del Monte San Miguel Social Regeneration Programme.
The project is part of the EDUSI sustainable urban development strategy, which is 50 per cent financed by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, and which in turn comes under the 2014-2020 Sustainable Growth Operative Programme.
“We are starting the most important and exciting EDUSI project in Orihuela”, commented Mayor Emilio Bascuñana at last week’s presentation of the initiative.
Social Well-being councillor Mayte Sanchez explained measures will be aimed at improving the social and workplace integration of communities living in disadvantaged zones, with a particular focus on training.
The social reinsertion programme will begin with the selection of 13 personnel, followed by a two-month period to carry out an assessment of the areas and to sort out premises. There will then be time to plan the activities which will feature in the programme.
The activities will be aimed at families, young people, women and senior citizens residents in districts including San Anton, Calle Arriba-Miguel Hernandez, Rabaloche and Capuchinos/San Isidro.
The overall goal is to promote social integration through community action, the councillor said, “improving residents’ lives.”
The project contract is initially for two years, but may be extended for a further 24 months.