Taipei’s Low-Income Housing May Be Too Expensive

Mayor Ko Wen-je visited 安康平 (Ankang) affordable housing yesterday, Apple Daily reported. The mayor was inspecting living conditions of the city’s low-income residents and found many problems with the apartments, including leaking ceilings and mold.

Low-income housing at Ankang still costs families about NT$4,000 per month, plus another NT$500 in management fees. Some low-income housing in the city has been criticized for being too expensive.

In March, Mayor Ko promised to develop an additional 25,000 housing units for low-income families in the next four years. Meanwhile, Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) promised to develop 10,000 affordable housing units and expects to have 5,000 completed in the next four years.

DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen proposed in her campaign to build 200,000 affordable housing units around Taiwan, which was called unfeasible by her KMT opponent Eric Chu, according to Liberty Times. Chu said he would provide as many units of low-income housing by re-purposing existing unused properties.

In 2014, the minimum hourly wage in Taiwan was raised to NT$120 from NT$115. The minimum monthly salary was raised to NT$19,273 from NT$19,047.

In May, the government released stricter guidelines pertaining to overtime pay.

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