Target affordable housing for urban needy: PM Dung

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the Ministry of Construction to focus on the development of low-cost housing projects as many workers are struggling to find a home.

All cities and provinces need to utilize their resources to solve the housing problem for eight groups of people, including workers, students, soldiers and poor families, he said Friday at a conference in Hanoi.

There have to be concrete polices and targets to develop low-income housing every year, he told officials of the Construction Ministry.

Dung said while housing conditions for many poor families in rural regions have improved, the same cannot be said for workers, students and poor people in big cities. Most of them still live in temporary accommodation and in slums along drainage paths, he added.

Each city and province can generate between VND1 trillion and VND4 trillion (US$47.5 million-190.2 million) from land resources annually and some of the money has to be used for social housing projects, Dung said.

The PM also ordered the Ministry of Construction to review the quality of housing projects. It's necessary to have construction criteria that allow costs to be cut but still ensure project quality, he said.

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