Santiago without shanty towns
Anglo American Chile CEO visits the opening of new houses built by the Un techo Para Chile programme
We have undertaken a commitment to eliminate shanty towns in the Metropolitan Region by September 2010. We are doing this by entering into a partnership with the Ministry of Housing and City Planning and the organisation Un Techo para Chile. The partnership will provide dignified living conditions for 4,660 families in 63 shanty towns that still exist in the capital. We have committed US$3 million for this and will deliver this amount over three years.
The “Santiago without shanty towns” agreement involves accompanying and supporting each family in the process of living in definitive housing in new sustainable neighbourhoods. Organised based on a social implementation plan, this initiative envisages joint work with neighbours on education, health, libraries, community organisation, and entrepreneurship by means of micro-credits and improvement of the definitive housing.
It also envisages comprehensive advice on how to apply for the housing programmes of the Ministry of Housing and City Planning and the joint work with families and their base organisations in all the technical processes involved in this change.