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Venezuela Half-Way Done With Chavez's Dream: 3 Million New Homes

A panoramic view of Caracas Venezauela A panoramic view of Caracas Venezauela
CARACAS, February 26, 2017 - Venezuela this week reached the halfway point of its goal to build three million homes for poor Venezuelans, the only program of its kind and one of the government’s most successful ones.
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Hugo Chavez set the goal of building three million homes for the country's poor following a flood that left many homeless. | Photo: EFE

Created in 2011 by Hugo Chavez, the nine-year program is being attacked by sectors of the opposition as a waste of public funds. The public housing program is either free or low of cost, depending on the family's means.

The mission was first launched to provide housing for Venezuelans who lost their homes in the devastating 2010 floods. However, since then the GMV has been expanded to provide low-cost housing to the wider population.

In 2011, then-President Hugo Chavez explained the mission would address the “social debt” left behind by former governments that failed to provide quality housing to all Venezuelans.

The project aimed to involve Venezuelans in the process as much as possible, with homeowners responsible for 60 percent of town planning.

Venezuela is planning to internationalize its urban recovery programs in 2017, to the benefit of other countries in Latin America, such as Cuba and Haiti, the Housing and Habitat Minister Manuel Quevedo said.

He pointed out that the country’s housing missions are social strategies and projects that are recognized internationally. It is poised to export this model to countries in the region.

Quevedo said, “2017 is the offensive year ... it is one of the strategic lines of President Nicolas Maduro to internationalize these missions, which are positive examples of the Bolivarian Revolution before the world.

In 2016, Venezuela helped people in both Cuba and Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew with housing construction projects.

The minister said, "It is the task of the state to provide housing policies … and social welfare for their people, providing access and financing facilities."

 

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