Privatizing Public Housing: A Change or a Continuation of Housing Policy
Author: Eliyah Werczberger Policy Research

Since 1948, close to 400,000 rental apartments were built by the State. These apartments were built as a solution to the distress of new immigrants. At the end of the 1960s, the number of public housing apartments was about 206,00, some 23% of the housing market.

Since then, the number of apartments in public housing has declined rapidly. In the year 2006, it was estimated that there were approximately 76,000 public housing units, that is, less than 2% of the housing market. This drastic decline in public housing is the result of two forces: the failure of the government to build rental units and the selling of the rental units that were in government hands.

This paper appears as a chapter in the book Formulating Social Policy in Israel, Uri Aviram, Johnny Gal and Yosef Katan (editors).

This paper is in Hebrew only.

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