Agency gives ¥7.6 billion for housing

JIJI

The Reconstruction Agency said Friday it will grant Fukushima Prefecture and two municipalities ¥7.63 billion in housing subsidies for people forced out of their homes by the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe.

In the second allocation of such subsidies, the prefecture as well as the town of Kori and village of Kawauchi will receive money for construction of public housing and parking lots for long-term evacuees.

The prefectural government plans to build 3,700 public housing units by fiscal 2015 for evacuees from the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. It will use the latest grants to acquire land for 563 units in the cities of Minamisoma and Iwaki.

The subsidy program has been granted ¥50.3 billion for this fiscal year, which ends March 31.