Panel Okays Set Of Amendments To Housing Law For Women
Parliament’s Committee for Women and Family Affairs, in coordination with the government, approved a set of amendments to the housing law for women, reports Al-Qabas daily. State Minister for Housing Affairs and State Minister for Services Affairs Dr. Jinan Boushahri disclosed that three new categories have been added to the law — divorced Kuwaiti women and widows with children, unmarried Kuwaiti women, and divorced or widowed elderly Kuwaiti women with married children.
Dr Boushahri explained that the time period required for a citizen, following an irreversible divorce, to obtain a loan has been reduced from three years to two. The limit for house expansion and renovation loans has been increased to KD 35,000 for those who own a government house and KD 30,000 for those who own private houses.
Chairman of the committee MP Safa Hashim stressed that the number of Kuwaiti women who were never married and are over 45 years of age is 12,802 with 1,046 women more than 65 years of age. She said the committee has agreed to grant Kuwaiti women who are married to non-Kuwaitis with numbers reaching 20,000 a rented low-cost house, indicating that the Public Authority for Housing Welfare has affi rmed that 9,800 housing units will be distributed to them.