GHURA to proceed with community projects, including women’s treatment center

Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (PNC file photo)

Although COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in many construction plans on island, the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority says it’s still moving ahead with its community projects.

The housing agency’s head, Ray Topasna, gave an update on some initiatives they’re overseeing.

He says GHURA is hoping the Umatac baseball field project will be complete in the next few months.

And they’re about to issue the Request for Proposal for the Inarajan basketball court near the Southern Regional Health Center

Meanwhile, the Sinajana Central Arts Hall is still underway after the project broke ground this summer.

Topasna says a highlight in the agency’s development portfolio is a first-of-its-kind women’s treatment center in Tiyan in partnership with The Salvation Army.

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“In many cases, if a woman may have a substance abuse issue and there are children involved, they typically will not seek out treatment because they could potentially lose their kids. With the construction of a woman’s treatment center, I’m hoping we can solve that problem and allow women to seek drug rehabilitation, simply because we provide a facility where the kids can be there and hopefully the courts will not have the mother separate from the kids because of this facility,” Topasna said.

He added that the pandemic derailed their plans to break ground on the women’s center earlier this year.

They did previously award the facility’s contract. However, the construction company had COVID-related delays, including a shortage in skilled labor.

The projects are being funded through federal community development block grants.