Dunia Ludlow considers that its approval is a great achievement that will avoid the exaggerated expulsion of families of the city, will be counted on an Advisory and advisory council.
After the demonstration of the people 's voice to sign a petition statement requesting remove Article 21, Section C, Section 7, which went against the capital gain property in the draft Constitution of the City of Mexico, to the own Miguel Angel Mancera, Head of government called to arrest the controversial article arguing that it was "misunderstood".
To differentiate the issues between this controversial article in the Constituent Assembly, whose intention is to apply from 2018, and to clarify what you mean approval by the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District of the new Housing Act , we talked with Dunia Ludlow , The deputy president of the Housing Commission.
Meanwhile and at Mancera's request, the controversial article of the Constituent Assembly is being drafted and, for the time being, eliminating as it was made known. Here we will report later how the article was.
And subject to be enacted by January, also will report you if this Act recently passed in the ALDF was no significant transformations involving measures affecting or radically change our customs.
The interview :
How do you find after approval in the ALDF of the Housing Law and what does this event represent?
Dunia Ludlow : Glad we have reached a good consensus and a good project within the assembly. It is a great achievement on the part of the Assembly because we can not deny the reality in Mexico, we are currently expelling thousands of families from the city because they can not buy a home in the city, not even rent, it is important to emphasize it. Which collapses to the city by the lack of public transport.
And just what we did was to guarantee the right to decent and adequate housing for those who live in Mexico City and who, because of their socioeconomic characteristics, can not see that right done by themselves, strengthening housing of social interest and Popular, to sectors that have an income between 0 and 5 minimum wages. But something very important, considering also the thousands of families who have access to loans from Infonavit and Fovissste or who are entitled to some type of credit that can not charge in the city due to the high costs of the land.
With respect to costs?
Dunia Ludlow : stay in the same terms as it is established in the Law of Urban Development, the same units of account, it seems very important thatmove towards opening legal systems among themselves, are not generating harmonics and contradictions.
So the definition of housing of both social interest and popular interest is the same definition that has the Law of Urban Development of Mexico City, under the same limits of units of account set.
The Housing Council?
Dunia Ludlow : I think it is one of the main achievements of this law incorporating the Housing Council, becausethe end we are recognizing this way of governing in which are now advancing public policies with a criterion of governance and social participation .
This Council will be composed of the authorities that deal with housing and urban development by the city ranging from Secretariat of Urban Development and Housing , the Housing Institute (INVI) , which are the two recognized authorities in law - but also, for example water systems, public transport authorities, in certain cases authority of the Historical Center, in short, the authorities that have to do with the planning and development of the city.
And a representative of the federal government, which also seems very important because there are many public resources of the federal government, which because of the costs of the land and the dynamics of the city, are not being able to exercise in Mexico City.
A representative of the business chambers, a representative of civil society through a professional academic, colleges also of professionals such as the College of Urbanists, the College of Architects and the College of Notaries.
Three representatives of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District and representatives of social housing organizations. As you see, it is a rather plural Council that will have the function of being the advisory and advisory body of the government of Mexico City to build this housing policy. And it will follow up the different information that the housing policy provides in this information system that we are generating in order to give a better follow-up to the use of public resources and the way in which the housing policy is being carried out in the Mexico City, and we do not have these negative and regrettable impacts in our city.
The Floor Bag?
Dunia Ludlow : Bag Land is for social housing. Many of the resources that the Invi the improvement actions used because it is impossible to build because thereno soil.
So what we are proposing is that, based on a series of information and in accordance with the corresponding legal systems in matters of expropriation, the law of expropriations will be made. In the matter of distinction of domains, will be made the distinction of domains.
And consider these properties that recovers the government of the city to start building a bag of soil for housing of social interest that is the purpose of this bag of soil.
What will the Housing Law guarantee?
Dunia Ludlow : With the law, the definition itself, we are guaranteeing the right to decent and adequate housing, and adequate housing characteristics that are established in law and in various international jurisdictions. One of them is that it has to have accessibility to people with disabilities, older adults, all people to avoid problems, for example that would be constructing seven floors without elevator because then we are no longer guaranteeing accessibility To their own home to older adults.
Another issue that is incorporated is that there is a whole chapter of accessible and affordable housing where we give the government of Mexico City the possibility of building programs for young people, for heads and heads of families, for the elderly , For the workers of the City of Mexico, for the natives.
With the purpose that, although they are incorporated in housing of social interest, popular or other type of housing, specific programs are made for this type of population that also needs a different vision to the general one that can have any general project Of housing.
I think the most important thing that the law has is that it seeks to build a policy of orderly housing in which its main objective is to guarantee the right to housing.
But, above all, to understand housing policy as a factor that affects the planning and development of the city. So it is a law that considers housing policy as integral, as part of a policy system that can take the city to the abyss, as it seems we are, or that can lead the city to a 100 year viability that is What are we looking for.
So if the Executive manages to capture and fulfill each and every one of the elements we are considering, I think it will be a very good order for Mexico City and for its inhabitants.
If the government of Mexico City has no observations, which I believe not because we built it very hand in hand with the different authorities of the city, it would enter into force once published by the head of government that I hope will be in Next days and from there we also have to, because the law will generate benefits by itself, but in the long term. And to accelerate these benefits there are modifications that we have to make in terms of urban development.
So I think what follows is that once the Constitution is approved, we have to check what these mechanisms are in terms of urban development, which we can use to accelerate this production of housing in the city. To have a broader offer, a wider range of housing offer and with this increase in supply, by default the prices of the land in the city are going to fall, because a demand is being satisfied that is not currently satisfied.
According to the SHF and figures that the secretary of Urban Development and Housing in the city is saying, we have between 70 thousand and 80 thousand housing actions that include improvement and new housing actions that are not being satisfied each year.
I think what we have as lawmakers is to identify what are these modifications that will allow us to detonate sooner.
Image: Dunia Ludlow (wordpress.com)
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