- Hundreds of people mobbed NHA to avail of housing information forms that would allegedly serve as their tickets to free houses
- People apparently panicked after reports surfaced on social media that the agency is giving away ‘free housing’ forms to homeless families
- NHA said the housing program only caters to the lowest 30% poorest of the urban population
Hundreds of people rushed to the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) headquarters in Quezon City in hopes of availing housing information forms that would apparently serve as their tickets to free houses from the government.
The mob came after reports surfaced on social media which claimed that the agency is distributing ‘free housing’ forms to homeless families, an article written by Kathrina Domingo on ABS-CBN News mentioned.
Based on the report, the project is in line with the Duterte administration’s housing program.
However, the NHA said that the housing assistance forms that can be collected from the agency for free do not guarantee the grant of free houses as all forms are subject to assessment.
“We would like to emphasize that the housing program only caters to the lowest 30%, the poorest of the urban population,” a statement of the NHA partly reads.
As such, the housing agency emphasized that as much as the government would like to give shelter to the homeless, its main objective lies in providing housing and other related assistance to informal settler families living along “danger zones and areas affected by government infrastructure projects.”
The NHA added that the “on-going housing projects already have identified family-beneficiaries.”
In relation to this, Vice President Leni Robredo, who aims to address the housing backlog by the end of her six-year term, will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the bill that seeks to create a separate department for housing.
Earlier, Robredo said that her office is crafting a comprehensive housing plan in consultation with the World Bank and the United Nations Habitat.