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Residents pin hopes on city’s affordable low-cost apartments

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 30, 2019   /  07:17 am
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A motorcyclist passes KS Tubun low-cost apartment complex in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, on July 5. The apartment complex will be inaugurated in August by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Mega Tamara, 53, was excited last Wednesday checking out his new unit in the KS Tubun low-cost rental apartment (rusunawa) complex in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, where he is looking forward to living with his family in the years to come. He said he was lucky to pass the verification process to get a unit in the complex after he registered his family several months ago. Mega is unemployed, but his wife has a non-fixed income as an online garment seller earning up to Rp 5 million (US$357) per month. Mega, his wife and two children were among the 117 families qualified to get one of the city-owned apartment units available for lease. The apartments are aimed at Jakarta-based lower income families with monthly incomes of between Rp 4 million and Rp 7 million. About 300 more applicants are still undergoing the verification process to fill the three towers with a capacity of 524 ...