by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Senator Tina Muña Barnes has introduced Bill 411-31 which transfers ten abandoned lots located in the Sagan Linahyan Subdivision from the Department of Land Management to the Guam Housing Corporation. As we reported the Guam Housing Corporation as part of the Governor Eddie Calvo's affordable homes initiative has been working to restore and rejuvenate the subdivision. Working in conjunction with GHC and the Department of Land Management, Senator Barnes introduced the legislation aimed at meeting the growing demand for affordable housing solutions.
Senator Barnes, oversight chair of Housing and a founding member of the Governor's Affordable Housing Coordinating Council, had this to say about the land transfer:
"As the number of residents seeking affordable housing increases, so too must our efforts to provide affordable homes." said Senator Barnes. "I will continue to work alongside Guam Housing Corporation and GHURA to ensure that we meet the challenge of providing affordable homes to all of our people."
It was last year Governor Calvo toured and met with Sagan Linayan residents. As a result of that visit he directed GHC Executive Director Martin Benavente to begin efforts to restore the neighborhood. In an interview with Benavente two weeks ago, he told KUAM that grant money along with help from the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, the Department of Land Management and Department of Corrections will be utlitized to clean up the neighborhood.