In Mexico, there are 650,000 abandoned homes, because for decades governments followed the logic of an expansive model and forgot to provide new buildings with services and public spaces.
This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu), Román Guillermo Meyer Falcón, during his appearance before legislators of the United Commissions for Metropolitan, Urban Development, Territorial Planning and Mobility; of Housing; and Southern Border Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies.
“We have an important universe at the national level, practically nine million homes have some type of housing lag. The vast majority, to be able to address this lag, it is necessary to invest 80% actions to improve or expand the home; in total there are 650,000 abandoned homes nationwide, “he said.
He said that, to address this lag, Sedatu has the Neighborhood Improvement program. The secretary said that there are 23 metropolitan areas that have this problem, for which an investment of 6,400 million pesos is required.
“For decades governments followed the logic of an expansive model. That means that we have unfolded the urban area in the order of 4 to 1, this means that the provision of services and public spaces has been much more complicated than four decades ago, so we seek to meet these needs, “he said.
Of the 23 metropolitan areas with this problem, he gave the example of Ecatepec, in the State of Mexico.
“It is part of these dense areas with essential needs: they need equipment because they have many deficiencies, but with the Neighborhood Improvement program, it is being addressed,” he said.