Needy families in municipal housing are being left with no options. Most of the families being kicked out of their homes are current or former municipal employees.
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The Gefen neighborhood, also known as Geulim Housing Project, is a number of two-story buildings built by the municipality of Ramat Gan during the 1940s to house needy families. For decades the project was used as a home for families entitled to municipal housing solutions, mainly: single mothers, pensioners and disabled individuals who can not afford high rates of rent in the free market.
On the eve of the Jewish new year last month the Ramat Gan Municipality handed eviction orders to all families in the complex, with no compensation or alternatives suggested. Following an inquiry, it turned out that the Gefen family, now a real estate corporation, acquired the lands through a lease contract signed with the municipality some 60 years ago, which it obliged to maintain the interests of the public housing residents in all circumstances.
Now, after building many luxury projects on the once-public lands of Ramat Gan, the Gefens are planning to turn Geulim Housing Project into a park, for the benefit of their nearby 30-story luxury building residents. It seems that in a new contract signed by the real estate corporation and the Ramat Gan Municipality, both waved their responsibilities for the needing families.
The residents, most of them former municipal workers, are pointing a finger at the Ramat Gan Municipality for abandoning them. At this point there is no solution offered to the dozens of needy families.