‘Abuse’ and ‘anti-social policy’: 14-year waiting time for social housing in Molenbeek

‘Abuse’ and ‘anti-social policy’: 14-year waiting time for social housing in Molenbeek
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People looking for social housing in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (Sint-Jans-Molenbeek) have an average wait time of 14.75 years.

The information comes from figures given in answer from the College of Mayor and Aldermen to a written question from municipal councillor Laurent Mutambayi (N-VA), Bruzz reports.

“It is distressing to see that the most vulnerable people in society have to wait so long for a rental property,” Mutambayi said.

“For decades, the PS and the MR have been wielding power in Molenbeek. Their anti-social policy has led to these abuses. I therefore ask that the current administration urgently implement an emergency plan to create more social housing so that the waiting times can be reduced.”

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Information given in response to the question also revealed that in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, a total of just four new social housing units were added in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.

“On average one per year,” Mutambayi said. “That is far too little. It is clear that social housing is not a priority for the current administration team.”


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