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Social housing a cure for Taipei's ills: DPP mayoral hopefuls
Central News Agency
2014-03-09 08:45 PM
Taipei, March 9 (CNA) Four candidates hoping to represent the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the year-end Taipei mayoral election advocated "social housing" as the best way to combat housing prices in the city that are unaffordable for young workers. The opposition party's four main aspirants -- former Vice President Annette Lu, lawyer Wellington Koo, Legislator Hsu Tain-tsair and Legislator Yao Wen-chih -- offered their vision for the city at a debate held Sunday. When asked about what they would do to free Taipei from what the questioner described as a "speculation paradise for the rich" and an "economic hell" for young adults, Lu suggested that unused land should be designated for the construction of "youth apartments." In addition, Lu proposed to "revitalize" vocational education so that young people can be given the skills needed to make a living while blasting the central government's "12-year basic education" program as "an education landslide." Yao, meanwhile, proposed to tear down Songshan Airport to make room for a park and rented social housing units. Displaying a 3-D model, the lawmaker said that once the airport was dismantled, there would be enough land for a 400-hectare park and the construction of 10,000 social housing units. Hsu also advocated social housing, and he called for rent limits as exist in the United States. While proposing to increase rental housing, Koo said he would also provide affordable public day care services for children and set up a micro venture capital fund to help young people living in Taipei to create their own businesses. Also on Sunday, Deputy Interior Minister Hsiao Chia-chi said the central government does not allocate funds for the construction of affordable housing but does provide subsidies for low-income families to rent a home or low-interest loans for people to buy a home. (By Yuris Ku, Hsieh Chia-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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