The Plan País establishes a “radical transformation of housing policy” in Venezuela, which includes a program of physical rehabilitation of neighborhoods and the recovery of all residential complexes built by the Venezuelan State, reported Enzo Betancourt, president of the Association of Engineers and political coordinator of the infrastructure area of the national reconstruction project promoted by Parliament and organized society.
Betancourt explained that the new housing policy proposed by Plan País – whose content is available at https://www.planpaisvzla.com/ is in line with the principles of ethics, transparency, auditability and accessibility for all Venezuelans. Everything is based on the “construction of a system of cities with territorial planning, which allows the formulation of sustainable urban projects.”
The expert recalled that multidimensional poverty – which identifies multiple deficiencies at the level of households and individuals in the areas of health, education and living standards – affects 51% of the Venezuelan population, according to the latest issue of the Living Conditions Survey (Encovi) of the Central University of Venezuela, Simón Bolívar and the Catholic University Andrés Bello. To face this tragedy, the spokesman said, Plan País includes the necessary measures so that “every Venezuelan family has adequate housing.”
Betancourt said that in the first phase of Plan País’ implementation, “579,000 homes need to be improved due to deficiencies in walls and roofs in popular sectors. Additionally, there are plans to replace 556,000 homes located in high-risk areas that present problems in their structure, and to provide 110,000 subsidies through debt-free certificates for families who need a new home or buy a used one in the secondary market.”
The political coordinator of the infrastructure area of Plan País announced that in the short term the “neighborhood rehabilitation program” will serve 63,200 homes, in a process that will have as protagonists the local governments and the beneficiaries themselves. “This program will change the life of the popular sectors,” said the spokesman.
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Betancourt highlighted that the Country Plan contemplates benefiting another 12 thousand homes with the deployment of a program to recover the buildings constructed by the Banco Obrero, the National Housing Institute (Inavi) and the Housing Mission. He also said that they will carry out “files on 188 cities to plan investment in housing and urban infrastructure.”
“The Country Plan in the area of infrastructure has its sights set on the majority and on equal opportunities for all,” emphasized Betancourt, who said that the new housing policy will add the efforts of civil society, the national, state and municipal governments, professionals in the area, public and private banks, developers, public-private partnerships, the organized community and the beneficiaries.
The union leader stressed that they will respond to the housing demands of Venezuelan families “guaranteeing public services and urban equipment. He declared that the “physical reconstruction” of Venezuela requires “a new vision of the territory through a system of cities,” which will strengthen decentralization and be based on the sustainable development objectives agreed upon by the United Nations.