Centro De Intercambio Y Solidaridad, -CIS- May 2008
“MONSEÑOR OSCAR ARNULFO ROMERO COMMUNITY” IN TONACATEPEQUE
THREATENED WITH EVICTION
v Support their struggle to purchase the land where they live.
v Help with emergency aid for rain damage, and for a family whose home burned down
The community, located in the Department of San Salvador and the
No history is simple in
When the community members illegally settled on the land on
The community, with strong will and organization, worked together to get water and electricity installed in their tin-and-cardboard houses. They went to the Government water utility, ANDA, which agreed to install water in the community in 2006. The private electric company also agreed to install electrical lines, after the community went through all the legal and paper work. In July 2006 the Social Fund for Housing promised the community members that they could stay on the land if they could come up with $8,671.94 per manzana which was verified in a meeting in October 2007. In November 2007, FUNDASAL agreed to finance the purchase of 6 manzanas for $52,031.64; the community would pay them back at a manageable rate with no interest and doing the technical measurements and legal divisions of the land. Things were looking good for the future of this humble community and their organization was paying off.
The community’s problems began when ARENA won the municipal elections and took power on
At the same time the Mayor got a commitment from 18 of the 98 families to support the ARENA party and change the name of the community to “Nuevo Manantial”. The Mayor rewarded them for splitting from the Monsignor Romero community by providing them with a water fountain and promising that they could stay on the land, while the other families would be evicted. He formed a parallel community council and refused to authorize the board members of the legal community council.
After the October 2007 meeting with FUNDASAL and the Social Fund for Housing, FUNDASAL wrote a letter in November of 2007 committing to pay for the land. However, the Social Fund for Housing replied that it had decided to sell the land to the Salvadoran Institute for Agrarian Reform (ISTA). The Administrative Manager of FUNDASAL, Miguel Francisco Galdamez Rojas in a letter dated
The community members approached the CIS looking for support for their cause. The CIS has made a commitment to accompanying the community in its struggle for their land, legal status, water, and electricity. The community has joined the CIS community network for Cooperation and Solidarity. Communities have pledged to accompany the families if they are threatened with eviction. The CIS has agreed seek legal support for the community. At the current moment, the community is in negotiations with the different actors in their case: Social Fund for Housing, FUNDASAL, the Mayor and City Council of Tonacatepeque, ISTA, and the Commission for Justice and Human Rights of the Legislative Assembly.
The 98 families of “Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero Community” need your support:
1. The community board of directors has asked for letters, phone calls or faxes (preferably in Spanish) to the Fondo Social para
The FONDO SOCIAL PARA LA VIVIENDA to sell the 6 manzanas occupied by 98 families of Comunidad Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Toncatepeque to FUNDASAL, IMMEDIATELY, and comply with their mission to “finance agile and efficient housing solutions, providing favorable and sustainable credit conditions, satisfying the social necessity for workers and other population groups, to contribute to elevate their living conditions and reduce the habitational deficit” (http://www.fsv.gob.sv)
Presidente y Director Ejecutiva Fondo Social de Vivienda
Ing. Enrique Oñate
Calle Rubén Darío y 17 Ave. Sur, #901
Telephone: 011-503-2231-2000; 011-503-2222-3119; 2281-0988
Also – write the Comision de Justicia y Derechos Humanos (Commission for Justice and Human Rights), of the Legislative Assembly, asking them to use their good offices to resolve the conflict over land in the Romero Community and to guarantee that the Fondo Social para la Vivienda sell the land to FUNDASAL so it can offer housing to family’s in need.
Asamblea Legislativa, Centro de Gobierno
Edeficio de Comisiones, Comision de Justicia y Derechos Humanos
Presidente: Diputada Irma Amaya
San Salvador, El Salvador
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2. The community has asked CIS for financial support for families living in precarious conditions. Now that the rain has started (May 1 – Nov. 1), people’s homes are leaking, and they would like tin to reinforce their homes until they have permission to build permanent homes. A sheet of tin is $13. If we give five sheets of tin per family, the total cost is $65 per family. There are 98 families in the community. The families in the most precarious conditions will be prioritized.
3. When CIS and a delegation from
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