|According to the HCM City Real Estate Association, the city needs to build more apartments to mitigate the housing shortage. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HCM CITY — HCM City faces a housing shortage caused by the rapidly rising population and shortage of new housing projects.
According to the HCM City Real Estate Association (HoREA), the city has around nine million permanent residents.
The population increases by 183,000 each year while there are more than 100,000 foreigners working and living in the city.
In the event, a city Department of Construction survey found 476,000 families have been unable to find housing, and most have to live with their parents or relatives.
To mitigate the shortage, the city plans to build 10,000 houses for low-income people and 35,000 hostels for industrial park workers and students.
Lê Hòa Bình, director of the department, said this year it has built more 35.2 million square meters of accommodation.
The city expects to have another 38.2 million square meters by the end of the year. Bình said with the construction, the shortage would be completely met this year.
Lê Hoàng Châu, president of HoREA, said to resolve the housing shortage, the city needs to build more apartments.
HoREA has called on the city to build more housing at reasonable prices for low-income people and simplify administrative procedures for social housing projects.
In five suburban districts, Củ Chi, Cần Giờ, Bình Chánh, Hóc Môn, and Nhà Bè, it has called for upgrading traffic infrastructure to connect them with the city’s central areas to attract people to live there. – VNS