Criticism of government solutions..a proposal to reduce the housing crisis in Iraq
Shafaq News/ Specialist experts criticized, on Friday, the mechanism that the Iraqi government is working on to solve the housing crisis, whether by granting loans to citizens, or through limited housing projects, while stressing the need to develop a comprehensive study to work on building housing projects according to a modern and advanced vision, It makes it easier for simple citizens and people with limited income to resort to it.
The economic researcher, Ahmed Eid, told Shafaq News Agency, "The housing crisis in Iraq is added to the great problems facing the Iraqi citizen, and what the state offers to the citizen today, does not rise to being called a solution to his problems."
Eid added, "Because the loans provided by the Real Estate Bank or within the so-called housing fund initiative, to grant interest-free loans to buy or build housing units, put the citizen or employee in great embarrassment, as a result of the consequent monthly payment of installments that exceeds his ability to pay, which It made a lot of people stop borrowing.
He continued, "The limited housing projects in force in Iraq did not benefit the simple citizen or those with limited income, but the beneficiaries are the influential and the owners of capital, or those who have income and a high financial return."
The economic researcher stressed, “Iraq today needs two million housing units to reach the point of equal housing opportunities and the elimination of slums. limited recourse.”
Iraq needs about 1,500,000 housing units urgently to reach a point with which we can talk about equal housing opportunities and the elimination of slums, according to the latest statistics of the Ministry of Planning.
About a year ago, the Iraqi government proposed the "Dari" project in an attempt to solve the worsening housing crisis, and about three million citizens submitted via the electronic platform to obtain a plot of land that will often be on the outskirts of cities, to create new cities that will need infrastructure and business markets.
It is noteworthy that Iraq suffers from a stifling housing crisis due to the increase in its population compared to the number of residential complexes, in addition to the inability of citizens with limited income to build their own housing unit due to the high cost of land and construction materials.
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