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Social housing in Taiwan far short of demanded target: agency

Social housing in Taiwan far short of demanded target: agency

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) The Construction and Planning Agency said Monday that Taiwan's for-rent-only social housing account for less than 1 percent of the country's total homes, far short of a 5 percent target demanded by a recent protest against Taiwan's housing policy. The pool of existing 6,800 social houses, however, is expected to grow five times to 34,000 in the next 10 years as part of the government's "diversified housing policy" of building more for-rent-only social houses and providing rental subsidies, the agency said at a local seminar on housing policy. One specific initiative already undertaken is a project approved by the Cabinet to build 1,661 new social houses in the near term on five plots of national land in Taipei and New Taipei provided by the Ministry of the Interior, according to the agency. The National Property Administration has also brought up 32 plots of national land in Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Chiayi County, Hualien County, Keelung City and Hsinchu County to be assessed by local governments for their feasibility as social housing locations. The Kaohsiung City government also plans to donate 10 plots of national land there to be used for social housing, the administration said. The government was responding to a protest on Saturday evening in which more than 15,000 people lay down in front of The Palace, a luxury apartment complex on Renai Road in Taipei City, in protest against exorbitant housing prices. The protesters, answering the call of a group known as the Housing Movement, were staging a sleep-out near the city's most expensive property, which is valued at at least NT$2 million (US$52,085) per ping (3.3 square meters). The protesters were demanding amendments to several housing regulations, including calls for the construction of more social housing for rent only to make up 5 percent of the total homes in Taiwan. (By Chen Cheng-wei, Wei Shu and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-15 11:04 GMT+08:00