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About 760 People Waiting for Social Apartments

About 760 people are on a waiting list for social apartments in Reykjavík, according to Jórunn Frímannsdóttir, head of the city’s Welfare Council. Reykjavík owns 1,890 social apartments, which is set to increase to 2,200 in the next few years.

“But we don’t think we can solve the problem that way. When the waiting list is that long it is clear that many people are in trouble,” Frímannsdóttir told Fréttabladid. “We don’t have housing to meet the needs of all these people.”

Minister of Social Affairs Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir established the Welfare Council in August with the purpose of submitting proposals on how to strengthen the social factor of the mortgage system and ensure that impoverished people have access to loans.

“We have to investigate which factors contribute to this problem, which is primarily caused by a vast increase in rent on the general market,” Frímannsdóttir said. “And people no longer acquire a share of the social apartments that they rent like they used to.”

Frímannsdóttir said the Welfare Council prioritizes according to the seriousness of people’s circumstances when handing out social apartments. People, who live on the streets and have no family who can help, and people with children, are helped first.

Currently there is no official estimation of how long an average person has to wait for a social apartment, but it will be revealed November 1, by which time the Welfare Council is to submit a report to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

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