Homeless Venezuelans to get homes from government

October 11th, 2010 - 8:57 am ICT by IANS  

Caracas, Oct 11 (IANS/EFE) Over 1,000 homeless people, living in temporary shelters here in the Venezuelan capital, would be given homes bought from private builders by the government in the South American nation.

President Hugo Chavez said the government will purchase 1,138 homes from builders and donate them to people currently living in shelters in Caracas.

“These houses are for people left homeless in recent days in Caracas. They’ll have their own home,” Chavez said.

The government would invest 258 million bolivars ($60 million) in the purchase.

Housing is denied to the poorest in a capitalist system, Chavez said.

“The hills filled with shantytowns in Caracas are the result of those 100 years of capitalism, in which the rich would live in estates and the poor there, in the shantytown. By contrast, in socialism we’re all equal,” Chavez said.


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