Social housing policy aims to achieve social justice

  • Date: 2016-08-25
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Having  a  place  to  live  is  a  fundamental  human  right  and  an  integral  part  of  social  justice,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  at  a  Cabinet  meeting  today.

The  government  will  build  200,000  social  housing  units  within  eight  years  for  disadvantaged  groups  and  young  people  just  starting  work,  the  premier  said  after  hearing  a  report  by  the  Ministry  of  the  Interior.  The  initiative,  to  be  achieved  through  a  variety  of  measures,  is  in  line  with  President  Tsai  Ing-wen’s  social  housing  policy,  which  includes  making  homes  available  for  rent  rather  than  sale.

The  ministry  said  a  major  task  under  the  policy  is  to  help  local  governments  acquire  land,  which  will  be  achieved  by  amending  the  Housing  Act,  having  local  governments  and  land  authorities  jointly  develop  social  housing  projects,  and  repurposing  military  barracks  and  old  military  dependents’  villages.  

Other  major  tasks  include  setting  up  a  social  housing  financing  service  platform;  encouraging  private  homeowners  to  let  the  government  manage  their  rental  units;  making  state-owned  land  available  to  local  governments  for  long-term  rentals;  amending  urban  planning  laws;  establishing  a  central-level  social  housing  agency;  strengthening  partnerships  between  central  and  local  governments;  promoting  and  marketing  the  housing  policy;  establishing  a  social  welfare  service  delivery  mechanism;  and  drafting  operating  guidelines  on  social  housing  construction.