Thai Government promotes 20-year housing strategy hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit  (Photo:

Bangkok (VNA) – The Thai Government will press ahead with its 20-year housing development master plan to provide housing for low-income earners nationwide, Deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on October 10.

He was speaking while presiding over the launch of an event marking World Habitat Day 2019 on the day.

The 20-year master plan (2017-2036), summitted by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, was approved in principle by the cabinet on September 12, 2017.

The plan is aimed at addressing housing problems which affect about 3 million low-income households nationwide.

Under the plan, the National Housing Authority is responsible for developing housing for sale or hire-purchase for 2 million households under projects such as the Baan Ua-Athorn housing estate, while the Community Organisations Development Institute (CODI), a public organisation, is responsible for assisting 1 million low-income earners get access to housing.

One of its main projects is the Baan Mankong Scheme for low-income people.

Maitri Inthusut, chairman of CODI, said that more than 100,000 households have been provided with housing under the Baan Mankong Scheme while the institute has also helped repair homes belonging to about 40,000 families of low-income people in rural areas.

The Thai Deputy PM said the Government has come up with a solution for those facing housing insecurity, such as communities who are facing eviction from State Railway of Thailand (SRT) owned plots and those from areas earmarked for rail development projects.

The affected communities can request the use of state land belonging to other state agencies and state enterprises with CODI acting as the go-between to help them, he added./.