Half of Venezuela's social housing system has been completed, President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday while celebrating the construction of two-and-a-half million homes in the capital of Caracas.
"Today we reach the milestone of 2 million 500 thousand homes. We thank God. You have to see the effort made by the builders in the country,“ Maduro said during a nationally televised broadcast.
The goal of Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission (GMVV) is to build at least five million homes by the end of 2025.
"All Venezuelans are going to have a decent, beautiful, and proper home. We will achieve it with the Homeland Plan 2019-2025. I am finishing the constitutional mandate left to me by Comandante Chávez. The minimum goal is five million homes so that all Venezuelans have decent, fair, necessary, proper housing," the president said.
The homes are attributed through the Carnet de la Patria, or Homeland Card, a state-regulated mechanism for accessing social programs, and the city of Lagunillas in Zulia State was the venue where the midway point of this mission, to provide homes for impoverished or disadvantaged Venezuelans, was reached.
Despite the economic difficulties brought on by sanctions imposed by the United States, the Bolivarian nation has continued the task set out by former president Hugo Chavez in 2011.
"You can always do more to improve the country, to recover. Commander Chávez set a goal of two million homes, but we went further (...) We are going to reach three million, towards the five million homes," Maduro said.
Edited by Venezuelanalysis.com