每日跟讀#740: Sicilian town gives away homes, cash to attract foreign families
An Italian town is so desperate to attract new residents that it is giving houses away for free.
The houses are located in the mountainside community of Cammarata which boasts sweeping views of Mount Etna and gorgeous sunsets on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.
Cammarata is rich in history but its dwindling population has resulted in many buildings sitting empty.
Against this backdrop, Mayor Vincenzo Giambrone has launched an ambitious scheme to save his hometown and its historic center.
The mayor is convincing owners of abandoned family homes to hand over the keys to the crumbling buildings to new residents who are willing to fix them up and put down roots.
What can you do to get a free house? You must submit a refurbishment proposal, pay a 5,000 euro (NT$170,025) deposit and agree to renovate the property within three years.
What’s more? The deposit will be returned once the renovations are complete and the building is turned into a family home or a business such as a B&B, shop or restaurant.
Authorities also said that priority is being given to young couples with children. Couples who have a baby after moving in will be given a cash bonus.
Source article: https://chinapost.nownews.com/20191103-832065