Over 3,000 poor households in flood-prone areas in 17 districts and towns of the northern central province of Thanh Hoa will get financial assistance for building flood-and-storm resistant homes.

This is the goal of the provincial Construction Department’s project to be carried out from December 2014 to 2016 in line with the Prime Minister’s Decision 48/2014/QD-TTg dated August 28, 2014.

The project has a total investment of 178 billion VND, of which over 44 billion VND will come from the State budget, more than 50 billion VND will be sourced from preferential loans while the community and beneficiary households will contribute the remaining 66 billion VND.

The “For the Poor” Fund also donates 16 billion VND to the programme.

Beneficiary households will get financial assistance in cash with the amount ranging from 12 million VND, 14 million VND and 16 million VND, depending on regions.

They are also able to apply for loans of up to 15 million VND from the Bank for Social Policies.

Since 2009, Thanh Hoa has effectively implemented Programme 167 on housing support for poor households, which has built 32,490 houses from 793 billion VND mobilised.

The province also completed a project on building flood and storm shelters benefiting 100 households.-VNA