A Home of One's Own

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Public housing policies vary all over the world. Here’s a look at what Penang has in store.

Public housing seeks to provide a roof over the heads of those who are most unable to acquire that for themselves on the open market.

Notably, Singapore’s government-subsidised Housing Development Board (HDB) flats make homeowners of more than 80% of the country’s citizens,1 and according to 2016 Hong Kong statistics, at least 44% of Hong Kong’s population live in public housing.2 In Vienna, the capital of Austria, the government is committed to restructuring, building and preserving public houses, and its public housing model garners accolades for affordability and availability.3


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