Rent as­sis­tance avail­able for so­cial hous­ing from July

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Ap­pli­ca­tions for a wel­fare pay­ments to help low-paid work­ers pay their rent will open this July in an at­tempt to help around 61,000 house­holds, de­spite an es­ti­mated 390,000 house­holds in need of fi­nan­cial sup­port, ahead of ap­pli­ca­tions for so­cial hous­ing units open­ing, said In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chen Wei-zen ( ) yes­ter­day.

Dur­ing an in­ter­pel­la­tion ses­sion at the Leg­is­la­ture, Chen stated that as of now, there are only around 7,000 units of so­cial hous­ing avail­able na­tion­wide de­spite the more than 390,000 dis­ad­van­taged house­holds, which shows a huge gap be­tween sup­ply and de­mand.

Be­fore open­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for so­cial hous­ing to the public, the gov­ern­ment will turn to rent as­sis­tant pay­ments to al­low dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple to live in­de­pen­dently, Chen said. He stated that not all un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple re­quire so­cial hous­ing.

Chen also stated that in the past, rent as­sis­tance was paid out to around 20,000 house­holds per year — how­ever ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment statis­tics, 50,000 more house­holds re­quire it.

In a re­port for Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo ( ), Chen said that the gov­ern­ment did not in­tend to in­crease the pay­ment it would give to house­holds, but in­stead in­crease the num­ber of house­holds it would sup­port through the pay­ment.

This year’s ap­pli­ca­tion cap for rent as­sis­tance is set at 61,000, with each house­hold el­i­gi­ble for as­sis­tance of be­tween NT$3,000 and NT$5,000 monthly, depend­ing on the area in which the so­cial hous­ing is in, Chen ex­plained.

“For ex­am­ple, since rent in Taipei City is much higher, rent as­sis­tance has been raised to NT$5,000.” Chen said. The new reg­u­la­tions for ap­pli­ca­tions will come into force in July.

On the other hand, the Min­istry of the In­te­rior and the Min­istry of Fi­nance have agreed on terms to in­ject a cer­tain per­cent­age of the dues from the con­soli- dated hous­ing and land tax into the hous­ing funds, in or­der to help al­le­vi­ate the bur­den of pay­ing rent for youth and dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies.

Six Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties United in

So­cial Hous­ing De­mands

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ( DPP) Leg­is­la­tor Chuang Rueih­si­ung ( ) also in­vited rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide dur­ing the In­ter­nal Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mit­tee’s in­ter­pel­la­tion ses­sion.

The six rep­re­sen­ta­tives all cited their united de­mand for more fund­ing and land to con­struct lo­cal so­cial hous­ing projects. The cen­tral gov­ern­ment holds land in the six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­pressed their hope that the gov­ern­ment could set apart those lands for the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ us­age free of charge.

How­ever, due to the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense’s (MND,

) need to pay off its debts in the Re­fur­bish­ment of Mil­i­tary De­pen- dents’ Com­pound Funds, the MND will begin sell­ing an­other 36 plots of land in se­lect ar­eas, on top of 12 that have al­ready been sold, ac­cord­ing to the Ar­ma­ment Bureau’s ( ) rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

At­ten­tion upon the MND-owned lands be­gan af­ter the sell­ing of the land on Yi­jiang Block (

) at a high price at the end of March. The six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ there­fore hoped to ac­quire lands with­out go­ing through public auc­tion or bring­ing up the real es­tate prices.

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