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Venezuela: solving housing problems

President Hugo Chávez announced the construction of two million houses by 2017, a goal propped up by actions for identifying needs and suitable sites.

Chávez ratified the commitment to solve the structural problems inherited from previous governments, an endeavor in which the support from national groups and countries like Belarus, Brazil, Cuba, China, Iran, Russian and Turkey is deemed crucial.

“We will put all the political, moral and economic weight into that project. They will be high-quality houses, not the shanties known here as housing solutions by capitalism, said the head of State on his Sunday program Aló Presidente, held at the Ciudad Caribias housing development, Vargas State. According to the president, building 150 thousand houses this year and 200 thousand in 2012 will be the first stages towards implementing what he called Grand Housing Mission Venezuela.

He called for good will and unity so as to meet this great mission for life. In his program, Chávez announced that a national census will be conducted to identify those who are needy, either because of decades-long exclusion or because of damage caused by recent rains.

Rainfall last November and December left, in some twelve States, thousands of dwellings destroyed, which compelled the government to shelter 133 thousand citizens in 950 refuges.

“All the families without their own houses or living in a hut should get ready because we are going to do a census, he said. Chávez also issued a decree, on Sunday, creating emergency housing zones devoted to remove dwellers from dangerous places. As a counterpart, he established “Let’s live” (A vivir) areas, which are suitable for building thousands of houses.

The earlier A Vivir areas are located in the states of Anzoátegui, Aragua, Carabobo, Miranda, Zulia and the Capital District, particularly hit by bad weather.  Estimates have fixed Venezuela’s housing deficit at two million 200 thousand houses, a datum to be updated by the forthcoming census. According to Chávez, the main strategies to implement this project will be identifying needs, finding sites to build on, ensuring the participation of local and foreign enterprises, seeking financing and making materials available. PL.

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