Where has the money gone? Almost a year has passed since the amendment to the Public Housing Law was approved that enables public housing tenants to buy the apartments they live in. However, an investigation by YEDID shows that despite the millions of shekels the sales of these public housing apartments have yielded, until now the Ministries of Finance and Housing have yet to use this money for additional public housing for those who are eligible for public housing and waiting. The Ministry of Finance insists: “We will purchase new apartments with the money we’ve received.”
As a result of an ongoing disagreement between the Ministries of Housing and Finance regarding the settlement construction budget, the Chair of the Finance Committee is continuing to delay a debate on transferring NIS 64 million to the renovation of vacated public housing units, which as a result cannot be populated. The housing freeze extends to 2,000 public housing units.
The dispute between the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Finance has stepped up a notch, and this time its damaged public housing tenants. Ynet received a document with a directive from the Ministry of Housing to the public housing companies to freeze all maintenance of dangerous buildings, and to not allow new eligible tenants to settle there. The reason: last month the Ministry of Finance withdrew part of the Ministry of Housing’s funding over a dispute on building in the settlements. YEDID warns: “The residents of public housing are hostages in a fight that is not theirs.”
An investigation by Kalkalist revealed that since 2009 the number of Israelis designated as “limited in income” - those unable to repay their cellphone debts, debts to the municipality, and to other institutions - has skyrocketed. Despite the fact that being recognized as low-income debtors saves them from foreclosure, this same branding might permanently perpetuate their status as debtors.
The dispute between the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Finance has escalated, and is harming residents in public housing. Ynet - Israel´s largest and most popular news and content website - received a document from the Ministry of Housing instructing the companies responsible for the upkeep of public housing projects to freeze all maintenance of unsafe buildings, and not to allow new tenants in. The reason: last month, the Ministry of Finance withdrew part of the Ministry of Housing’s funding over a dispute on building in the settlements. YEDID warns: “The residents of public housing are caught in the crossfire and are hostages in a fight that is not theirs.”
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Members of Knesset Ruth Calderon and Labor Chair MK Isaac Herzog launch a “social shmitta” initiative to cancel debt ■ NGOs will locate families who are struggling with debt and accompany them in Shmitta year until settlement