Illustration by Minh TríViet Nam News By Mai Hiên HÀ NỘI — For years, social housing has been a hot issue in Việt Nam. Living in decent, affordable housing in a reasonable location is one of the most important goals for all Vietnamese people. It is undeniable social housing can help provide for basic housing needs, especially for those with low incomes. But experts say it can have adverse effects on society if it is not planned and executed properly. Hoàng Thị Loan, a resident of Viglacera Corporation’s Đặng Xá social housing project, said she is satisfied with her apartment. “Thanks to a preferential loan from the government’s housing stimulus package, I can own an apartment for just VNĐ350 million ($15,000),” she told Việt Nam News. She added that buying a house was out of reach on her monthly salary of VNĐ5 million. Loan also said social housing was a practical option for young … [Read more...] about Exploring solutions to the affordable housing crisis
I want to build a house
VietNamNet Bridge – PhD Nguyen Nguyen Cuong, director of the Centre for Education, Communication and Environment, under the Viet Nam Union of Association of Science and Technology speaks to Khoa hoc & Doi song (Science and Life) newspaper about Ha Noi’s need for a tree planting scheme along its main thoroughfares. Trees play special significance in an urban area. Due to their important role, the city should pay special attention to maintaining the city’s greenness. If walk around the city, I challenge you to see a grass carpet. Instead, you’ll see thin strips of grass on both sides of the pavement. Of course, if you go to parks, green will be abundant. Contrasting with the green colour in the parks, in other public places, are many multi-story houses. Compared with other cities in the country, Ha Noi has the least trees compared to other urban areas. Recently Ha Noi authorities have paid more attention to making the city greener by growing more trees. But, … [Read more...] about Good planning needed to create a green Ha Noi
A tree is squeezed between two houses No. 394 and No.396 on Le Hong Phong St., HCMC. Photo courtesy of Tuan Kiet/VNN It’s hard to find a better photo to show the plight of trees in Ho Chi Minh City - bullied and annihilated by concrete, literally. This tree, a dipterocarpus alatus, has cast its shadow on this stretch of Le Hong Phong St., District 10, between houses No. 394 and 396 for more than 50 years. And now the owner of house 396 wants it dead. Being an honest citizen, Cao Hoang Chi requested the Parks and Trees Company (PTC), a state-owned business that takes care of, as its names implies, all parks and street trees in the city, to fell the tree. "The tree presses against the wall of my house, chipping a part of it. During heavy rains or strong winds, it shakes my house," wrote Chi in his request form, as quoted by the Phap Luat TP. Ho Chi Minh newspaper. "My family, too scared for life, has to rent another house to live because the rainy season is coming, and … [Read more...] about Who wants to kill a tree?
Helping People Build A Cost-Efficient House By Quang Tuan Launched one year ago, the Cung Xay To Am (Let’s Build a Home Together) program of Holcim Vietnam is acting as a matchmaker in helping people make the right decisions when building a house so they do not waste money or run into problems After many surveys, the foreign-invested cement and concrete supplier Holcim Vietnam recognized that many people need the right information at the right time so they do not waste money or run into problems when building a house. To provide added value for its customers as well as for homeowners in Vietnam in general, Holcim Vietnam decided to run the “Cung Xay To Am” program beginning in October last year with many activities such as organizing forums to provide consultations, distributing free Cung Xay To Am booklets and setting up a website at www.cungxaytoam.com.vn. Better information leadsto confidence in decision taking According to Aidan Lynam, the company’s general … [Read more...] about Helping People Build A Cost-Efficient House
VietNamNet Bridge - The rate of housing price in proportion to income of the Vietnamese is between 24.5 to 26.6, very high compared with other countries in the world. Most state employees can't afford to buy a house just relying on theirsalary. Nguyen Manh Ha, Chief of the Ministry of Construction's Agency for Administration of Housing and Estate Market, explains that the rate indicates the proportion between the average price of a house in comparison with the annual income of each person. … [Read more...] about To buy a house, state employees have to fast for 24 years