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Jakarta Post

Poverty, alienation haunt rusunawa

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, April 20 2016   /  08:24 am

Participatory: Social housing designs proposed by a community relocated from Pluit Dam in North Jakarta in cooperation with a group of community architects and architecture students from the University of Indonesia. The city administration has yet to follow up any of the designs.(Courtesy of Arsitek Komunitas Jogja)The Jakarta administration’s policy of providing low-cost apartments (rusunawa) units to evictees has been lauded by many. However, data from the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) show that of 113 evictions last year, the resolutions of only 41 involved provision of rusunawa units. Moreover, an investigation by The Jakarta Post’s Corry Elyda and Indra Budiari into a number of rusunawa revealed that getting a unit does not necessarily mean a better life; between having to pay monthly rent, a drop in income and the loss of social capital, many tenants find themselves...