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UNAM Study Reveals That Adequate Housing Remains a Challenge in Mexico

Mexico News Daily
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December 30, 2016

No takers for affordable housing in Mexico (Al Jazeera English)

A study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) offers a snapshot of housing, revealing deficiencies and inadequacies.

The director of the City Studies Program at UNAM said that despite government efforts access to adequate housing in Mexico remains a challenge.

A large number of people, especially in the south, must bear with deficient and precarious housing conditions, declared Alicia Ziccardi, who said problems have been brought on by shifting demographics and a rapid urbanization process that have created an unprecedented demand for housing.

This, coupled with unemployment and economic difficulties, have limited access to proper housing for great swaths of the population, she said.

Although the inventory of new housing has increased, along with access to public services, it doesn’t necessarily correspond to the social and economic characteristics of most Mexicans, said Ziccardi.

According to a UNAM poll that assessed living conditions in public housing last year, most Mexicans believe that houses built by the government are small, expensive, poorly built, located far from urban centers and have poor access to services.

The poorest people in the country have to deal with the worst housing available, continued the UNAM specialist.

While citizens of northern and central Mexico — including the greater Mexico City area and the Valley of Mexico — have access to houses built with good quality and durable materials, the situation is rather different in the south.

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