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MOI unveils public housing plan

DROP IN THE OCEAN:The locations were chosen based on convenience, access to public transportation, schools and stores as well as availability of sizable plots of land

By Shelley Huang  /  Staff Reporter

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) yesterday said the government planned to build 1,661 public housing units on land owned by the government in the greater Taipei region to help the nation’s low-income groups get a home.

Responding to the problem of inadequate affordable housing in Taipei, the government has recently outlined programs for a social housing policy, promising that it would increase the percentage of rented public housing nationwide to resolve the problem of an increasing number of people who are unable to afford a home.

Construction will begin as early as the end of next year at five locations in Taipei city and county, the ministry said.

In Taipei City, public housing will be built at the intersections of Qingnian Road and Shuiyuan Road as well as Jiankang Road and Sanmin Road. In Taipei County, which will be upgraded to Sinbei City at the end of this year, the buildings will be located between lanes 146 and 172 on Datong South Road, near Datong Base, in Sanchong City (三重), and at the intersection of Sioufeng Street and Jingde Street, in Jhonghe City (中和), Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) told reporters.

The public housing units with a total surface area of more than 30,000m2 will be available for rent to disadvantaged individuals, families and young people who cannot afford to purchases homes in the greater Taipei region. The housing sizes will range from 8 ping (26.4m2) to 24 ping, depending on family size, Jiang said.

While details have yet to be worked out, rent for these homes will be lower than market price so as to make them affordable to the financially disadvantaged, he added.

The locations for the first group of housing units were carefully selected to create a model for similar projects in the future, Jiang said. The locations were chosen based on many factors, including convenience, access to public transportation, schools and stores as well as availability of sizable plots of land.

“These plots of land are located in good districts with convenient transportation,” Jiang said.

“We hope this will prevent social housing from developing into negative images of ghetto neighborhoods.”

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