Meretz: Court mulling public housing order

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July 2, 2013 05:29
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The Meretz Party on Monday said that, in response to its petition, the High Court of Justice was considering issuing a conditional order to the state regarding implementing the 1998 Public Housing Law that was passed to help the poor buy their apartments.

The court did not render a decision but instead gave the state until August 15 to provide the court with an update on the situation.

At the previous hearing in February the court also gave the state time to provide an update, but this time the basis of the extension was the state’s claim that a new policy will go into force on August 1.

Meretz MK Ilan Gilon and other activists filed the petition and led a demonstration in front of the courthouse in which former MK and sponsor of the law Ran Cohen participated.

Overall, the petitioners expressed disappointment with the court’s decision to give the state more time, which in effect, they said, perpetuated the current inequalities and problems in housing.

The law allows people living in public housing to buy their apartments at set lower rates. It also stipulates that all money obtained by the sales of public housing under the law must be used to promote more public housing.

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