OVER FIFTY homes adapted for people over the age of sixty are empty and ready for occupation in the Alicante region.
The 52 apartments are situated in specially prepared sites throughout the municipality and are designed for residents on low incomes who meet the qualifying criteria.
Potential occupants should be above the age of 60 and be either receiving a pension or on a combined income of under 22,932 euros.
The dwellings are in residential centres owned by the Valencian Government Housing Authority, who are responsible for nearly 400 such properties, which have rents between 105 euros and 196 euros per month depending on location.
Maria Jose Salvador, the government housing minister explained that at present only 77% of the homes are occupied, leaving 22% unoccupied, of which, the majority are within the Alicante area.
The apartments are normally around 40 square metres, with lounge, dining area, bathroom and one bedroom and are suitable for up to two people.
They are designed for independent living, but are part of complexes with communal social areas for integration with neighbours and help to prevent the marginalization experienced by people as they get older.
Some of them, for instance in La Nucia, are in sheltered accommodation with 24 hour support and care staff on duty.
Thirty three of the properties are in the Pilar de Horadada district, in two properties close to each other. They share a complex with a home for younger people and a central building designed for communal use by residents.
The remainder of the homes are distributed between San Vicente de Raspeig, where the rooms are adjacent to a cardiovascular department and have specialised care facilities, Benidorm and the aforementioned sheltered housing apartments in La Nucia.