“In the past five years there have been more than 300 acres leased to families as part of CLTC residential and agricultural programs. I’m hopeful that the Legislature will work with my office and CLTC to help those families who can’t afford the cost of surveys and infrastructure.”
– Governor Eddie Calvo
More families receive agricultural, residential CLTC land
Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo and Department of Land Management officials signed and issued 23 leases today at Adelup. The signed leases were presented to the families, who now have the properties they need to make their dreams of homeownership or farming a reality.
“The men and women at Chamorro Land Trust Commission and Department of Land management have done a tremendous job of helping our people – whether its with CLTC leases or ancestral lands,” Governor Calvo stated.
Mike Borja, director of Land Management, which oversees Chamorro Land Trust Commission, said CLTC has been able to provide more than 300 families with properties in the last five years.
These plots are leased to residents for $1 for 99 years from the day the lease was signed by the applicant. These land leases can be used for residential or agriculture purposes. As pointed out by the Public Auditor, most of these properties do not have infrastructure.
In June, the CLTC submitted the rules and regulations for commercial leases to the Legislature. In those rules and regulations, funds from commercial leases would help pay for surveys and infrastructure for the properties. The Legislature had 90 days to review the bill, and discussion started in late August just days before the deadline. Senators did not act on the submitted rules and regulations, and instead, passed a bill to disapprove the rules and regulations. Governor Calvo vetoed that bill.
For more information about leasing land and deeds, please call the Department of Land Management at 649-5263.
More assistance for homeownership available
You can be a homeowner, too! The Guam Housing Corporation is working every day to help residents realize their dream of homeownership. There are several grant programs, like the First Time Homeowners Assistance Program, which gives up to $10,000 per family for closing costs and other housing fees. More than a hundred families have received some assistance through this program to own their first home. You can call GHC for more information at 647-4143.
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