(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Once upon a time, somewhere in the 1950s and ’60s, the right to social housing was one of the pillars of the socioeconomic ethos of this country. Within that framework, a national social housing company was established called Amidar (Hebrew for “my people dwell”), with local companies working in several large cities. In Jerusalem it was called Prazot (based on a biblical verse in which there is a vision that someday Jerusalem would be expanded and fully inhabited).The same standards held for all of them. They were owned in equal parts by the local council (the municipality) and the government (the Treasury).