Nernrodfai residents try again to win low-income housing loans

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Residents of Pattaya’s Nernrodfai neighborhood are trying again to create a low-income housing plan that will win approval under the Ban Munkhong pilot project.

Residents met with officials form the city Social Welfare Department and local Community Organization Development Institute officials at Pattaya City Hall May 15 to craft a new proposal after their initial plan to gain funding for 63 low-income homes was rejected.

Nanthanapas Khaengkhun (center), president of the Ban Munkhong Ban Nernrodfai community, is leading efforts to create a low-income housing plan for residents of her community. Nanthanapas Khaengkhun (center), president of the Ban Munkhong Ban Nernrodfai community, is leading efforts to create a low-income housing plan for residents of her community.

Ban Munkhong is a 100 million baht pilot partnership between the city and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. The ministry announced in September it would allocate 37.8 million baht to fund 4 percent home loans and 46.7 million baht for construction of 290 homes over 15 years. Pattaya earmarked a contribution of another 15.2 million baht to support the program.

Residents seeking permanent homes in the Nernrodfai neighborhood had been squatters on state property before they were evicted. They see Bang Munkhong as their chance to own their own homes for the first time.

Officials hope to present a new plan to the eastern region CODI office for approval June 1.

Nanthanapas Khaengkhun, president of the Ban Munkhong Ban Nernrodfai community, noted that residents have already received some sponsorship from the Plutaluang and Chokdee communities.