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12:00 AM, April 26, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:27 AM, April 26, 2019

Kerala offers free flats to homeless people

The Indian state of Kerala is offering free flats to homeless people, an ambitious model that activists say other states must follow as a nationwide “Housing for All” plan falls short.

The first 145 families moved into their newly constructed flats in a 270-unit complex in Adimali town in southern India this month, a state official said.

The state has surveyed its homeless population, and will build more than 400,000 homes for those who qualify, said U.V. Jose, chief executive of the LIFE Mission, a government agency overseeing the project.

“Those without a home are the poorest, most vulnerable. Many cannot afford to buy a home, no matter how cheap it is,” Jose told the Thomson Reuters Foundation yesterday.

“A home is a basic necessity. With a home, they can feel more secure and confident, and they can focus on other matters, which can improve the quality of their life,” he said.

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