President William Ruto, in the midst of his regional tour, is set to inaugurate the commencement of the Mabera Affordable Housing Project on Sunday.

This development aims to address housing shortages and stimulate economic growth in the Kuria West constituency.

Under the banner of the Constituency Affordable Housing Program, the initiative will involve the construction of 200 housing units on a government-provided parcel of land spanning 2.5 acres.

The housing endeavour, scheduled to unfold in two phases, will be executed over a 12-month period, with an anticipated completion date set for October 2024.

The ambitious project encompasses a diverse range of housing options, catering to the varying needs of residents. It comprises 40 one-bedroom units, 100 two-bedroom units, and 60 three-bedroom units.

This diverse mix of housing is designed to accommodate a wide spectrum of families within the community.

One of the highlights of the Mabera Affordable Housing Project is its potential to create employment opportunities.

Approximately 100 direct jobs and 600 indirect job opportunities will emerge, primarily benefiting the youth and women of the region.

The housing project site. PHOTO/COURTESY

This significant boost to local employment will help alleviate joblessness among the youth, a pressing concern for the nation.

Furthermore, the project will address the need for improved infrastructure as it plans to expand sewer and water facilities to accommodate the increased population.

This move is a testament to the government's commitment to enhancing the overall quality of life for its citizens.

The development is in partnership with Top Choice Surveillance Ltd, serving as the project developer.

This collaboration signifies a concerted effort between the State Department for Housing and Urban Development and the private sector to achieve affordable housing goals.

In an effort to support local artisans and businesses, the developer has announced plans to engage Jua Kali artisans for the supply of over 400 doors and windows, with an estimated value exceeding Sh5 million.

This commitment to promoting local industries reflects the project's broader vision of holistic community development.

Commenting on the significance of the affordable housing program, Housing PS Charles Hinga emphasized that it not only provides decent and affordable housing to Kenyans in informal settlements but also serves as a catalyst for employment generation.

With the government's advanced plans to construct at least 250,000 housing units annually, Kuria West joins a growing list of constituencies actively engaged in affordable housing projects, including Bahati, Vihiga, and Gichugu.

As President Ruto launches the Mabera Affordable Housing Project, hope and opportunity are on the horizon for the residents of Kuria West, with the dual promise of comfortable homes and new job prospects.