Analysis: Pandemic Highlights Lack of Decent Social Housing in Latin America

In Latin America, with or without the coronavirus, indebtedness for housing is very high and it is possible that an apartment, given its poor quality, will not remain habitable as long as the mortgage loan repayment schedule.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After months in confinement, Latin America is slowly beginning to return to street life. However, staying home has been difficult for many, as their house is often unworthy of being called such. A year before this pandemic, which has exposed social inequalities, the World Bank had warned that two out of three families in the region needed better housing, as they did not meet the minimal standards of welfare and security. These changes are pending.

Some homes lack water, sewage, ventilation, transport, electricity or Internet access; a cocktail of shortcomings that can cause occupational and health . . .

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