Chinanews.com, August 31, Ni Hong, deputy minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, said on the 31st that solving the housing problem of young people and new citizens is the responsibility of governments at all levels, and it is also an inevitable requirement for improving the competitiveness of cities and sustainable development.

It is necessary to focus on the implementation of policies and truly accelerate the construction of affordable rental housing, so that new citizens and young people can improve their living conditions as soon as possible.

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  The Information Office of the State Council held a press conference on the 31st. Housing and Urban-Rural Development Minister Wang Menghui and Vice Minister Ni Hong introduced relevant information around efforts to achieve housing for all people.

At the meeting, a reporter asked questions that housing difficulties for new citizens, especially young people, is a common problem.

May I ask if the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has made any corresponding considerations in this regard in recent years?

  In this regard, Ni Hong pointed out that the housing difficulties of new citizens and young people are a problem that has become prominent with the development of urbanization.

As new citizens and young people have relatively short working years and relatively low incomes, their ability to buy houses and pay rent is relatively weak.

According to relevant surveys, 70% of new citizens and young people in large cities now rely on renting to solve their housing problems. However, houses with affordable rents are located farther away, and rents in better locations are more expensive. This has become a new trend. Citizens and young people cannot afford to buy or rent a house. It is a practical difficulty.

  Ni Hong said that the Party Central Committee and the State Council attach great importance to solving the housing difficulties of new citizens and young people. In December 2020, the Central Economic Work Conference requested that the importance of solving housing problems for new citizens and young people, especially those engaged in basic public services, should be paid attention to. For the housing problem of the disadvantaged groups, we will strive to achieve housing and work-housing balance.

By increasing land supply, arranging special funds, and intensive construction, we will effectively increase the supply of affordable rental housing and housing with common property rights.

The 2021 government work report also pointed out that we should do our utmost to help new citizens and young people alleviate their housing difficulties.

  Ni Hong emphasized that on June 24, the General Office of the State Council issued the "Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Affordable Rental Housing" (hereinafter referred to as the "Opinions").

The "Opinions" adhere to the problem orientation, mainly to solve the housing difficulties of eligible new citizens, young people and other groups. The system design highlights the pertinence, scientificity, standardization and marketization, and the focus is on the five basic systems and Supporting policies in six areas.

  The five systems are:

  The first is to clarify the guarantee standards for the characteristics of new citizens, young people and other groups. The small apartments with a construction area generally not exceeding 70 square meters are mainly small, and the rent is lower than the rent of market rental houses in the same location and the same quality. .

Access conditions are set by the local people's government according to local conditions.

  The second is to insist on matching supply and demand.

  The third is to clarify local responsibilities.

  The fourth is to give the urban people's government more autonomy to use rural collective operating construction land, enterprises and institutions' own idle land, supporting land for industrial parks, and stock idle houses for construction, and adopt new construction, reconstruction, renovation, and lease subsidies. Various methods and channels to raise housing.

  Fifth, give full play to the role of the market mechanism, guide multi-entity investment, multi-channel supply, and accelerate the development of affordable rental housing.

  The six policies are:

  One is to improve the land policy.

  The second is to simplify the approval process, and use non-residential stock land and non-residential stock to build affordable rental housing. The city and county people’s government can organize relevant departments to jointly review the construction plan, and after obtaining the certification of the affordable rental housing project, the relevant department will handle the project approval , Land use, planning, construction, fire protection and other procedures.

  The third is that the central government will provide certain subsidies for the tasks of affordable rental housing that meet the regulations.

  The fourth is to reduce relevant tariffs. The Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development have issued announcements that will be implemented on October 1.

  Fifth, the price of civil water and electricity shall be implemented for the converted affordable rental housing.

  Sixth, strengthen financial support.

  "In a city, where young people have hope, the city has a future; for the country, only when young people have hope can the country have a future. Therefore, it is the responsibility of governments at all levels to solve the housing problem of young people and new citizens. The inevitable requirement of urban competitiveness and sustainable development.” Ni Hong said that the city government should have this endogenous driving force to turn “I want to do” into “I want to do”. People’s housing problem.

In the next step, we must focus on the implementation of policies and really speed up the construction of affordable rental housing, so that new citizens and young people can improve their living conditions as soon as possible.

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