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“We Want Decent Housing,” Say Residents Of Old Havana / 14ymedio,
Armando Martinez
Posted on November 11, 2015

14ymedio, Armando Martinez, Havana, 9 November 2015 — In Old Havana, the
residents of a tenement on Compostela Street, between Luz and Acosta,
across from the Belen Convent, no longer want to risk their lives under
the roof of their dwelling. The façade is no longer a place where sports
passions are written, now the residents have turned it into their
Wailing Wall with an irrevocable demand: “We want decent housing.”

The reason they have taken their beds into the street is the
deterioration of the building, which threatens to fall down on their
heads. As of last Friday, the residents of the place made the decision
to sleep in the entryway, which seems more secure, with their more
precious treasures: a TV, a refrigerator, three mattresses and a table.

Since we’ve come out of there they are starting to listen to us,” says a
woman of around 50, referring to the local authorities. With an
unconvincing optimism, the woman says, “This Monday they will give us an
answer, they’ve promised.” However, she adds with determination, “We do
not want to go to a shelter and spend 15 or 20 years there waiting for
the day they give us a decent house.”

In November of last year the official press published the alarming
number of families in need of homes: 33,889 (132,699 people). Many of
them have lived for two decades in shelters for victims of uninhabitable
housing. According to the census, 60% of the 3.9 million housing units
on the island are in poor condition.

Source: “We Want Decent Housing,” Say Residents Of Old Havana /
14ymedio, Armando Martinez | Translating Cuba –

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