The palestinian housing council

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The Palestinian Housing Council (PHC) was established in Jerusalem in 1992 as a non- profit national institution dedicated to alleviating the housing problem. The establishment of the PHC coincided with the European Union''''''''''''''''s (EU) announcement of financial support to a number of economic sectors, including housing, in the wake of the Gulf war and its negative impact on the whole region. Following productive contacts between the PHC and the EU, an agreement was signed in 1992 for EU support to the housing sector in the whole of the occupied Palestinian territories in order to address the severe housing shortage as a result of the Israeli occupation over the last three decades. The PHC undertook a period of preparation prior to implementing its programs that included the drafting of by-laws and an organizational structure, as well as establishing legal and financial regulations and policies. The EU
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grant was utilized for a number of housing programs and activities in the Palestinian areas that has resulted in the construction of hundreds of housing units. PHC’s main objective is to explore practical ways that enable it to resolve the housing problem in the Palestinian Territories. It has set out a number of objectives, including: 1) Research the housing problem and put forth studies and mechanisms needed to resolve this problem; 2) Participate with concerned parties to set up a Palestinian housing national strategy; 3) Set up housing projects by employing modern techniques taking into account the reservation of the religious, social and cultural features of Palestine; 4) Participate in designing and implementing renovation and maintenance of buildings and provide loans; 5) Participate in urban and rural development programs as well as Palestinian neighborhoods by designing plans and secure budgets; 6) Participate in setting up loan housing bank that can provide loans for individuals or groups to construct buildings; 7) Encourage the private sector to invest in housing projects in accordance with scientific standards; 8) Brief the international community and relevant institutions on the status of housing in Palestine and urge them to provide support; 9) Obtain loans or donations from Arab and international parties to support its housing programs; 10) Cooperate with local and international organizations to develop and modernize the housing sector in Palestine; 11) Assist local housing societies to implement their own housing programs; 12) Build housing units in the West Bank and Gaza for people with low and medium income and market these units in accordance with a sales system or in reasonable installments with various options; 13) Encourage individual construction in cities and rural areas by providing long-term credit; 14) Support the housing agenda in all its levels in the city of Jerusalem (al Wuds Asharif).
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  • Spring '10
  • BASIC
  • Work, Water supply, Palestinian Territories

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