Improved Housing for Slum Dwellers

Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir promised today that the government would provide improved housing for 11,000 slum dwelling families, about a third of whom live in Tel Aviv. He said the Treasury has already allocated the necessary financial means to the Housing Ministry and that the improved housing would be available within two years.

Sapir, speaking, while touring one of Tel Aviv’s slum quarters, said that the families eligible for the improved housing would be those presently living four or more persons to a room. He said the government planned to evacuate these families and give them more spacious quarters.

Sapir said, however, that the Tel Aviv municipality should deal with other categories of families in need of new flats. There are about 2000 such families, occupying sub-standard dwellings in the Hatikva quarter. Many of them have signed applications for new housing.

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