housing, mainichi shinbun, temporary housing

Only 64 percent of temporary housing for evacuees filled 4 months after quake, mainichi shinbun, 7/11/11

As of July 8, a total of 36,731 temporary homes had been completed in the three prefectures — 71 percent of the total deemed necessary. However, figures gathered by the Mainichi show that only 64 percent of those homes have been filled, with 37,672 people still living in shelters in the prefectures, whose privacy is comparatively limited.

Figures from the three prefectures and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism show that 9,919 temporary homes had been constructed in Iwate Prefecture as of July 1, and 7,181 had been filled — an occupancy rate of 72 percent. In Miyagi Prefecture, 9,619 out of 15,756 temporary homes, or 61 percent, had been filled as of July 7, while in Fukushima Prefecture, 5,533 out of 9,212, or 60 percent, had been filled by the same date.

One reason that people have been slow to move into temporary homes is that local bodies have been swamped with work related to the disaster, causing delays in the process of having people enter the homes. Evacuees have also been reluctant to move, citing issues such as the inconvenience of some temporary housing locations.

The three prefectures have also established a system under which they have rented out homes and provided them to residents as temporary housing. It is thought this system has played a part in the delay in filling temporary homes built for people in the prefectures.


About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.


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