Govt. working to take all sheltered families to decent homes

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Caracas, 28 Feb. AVN.- Venezuelan vice-president Nicolas Maduro attended Thursday to the allocation of 160 apartments to the same number of families who lived in makeshift shelters in Caracas, after relentless rainfalls ruined their homes.

The new housing complex built for such sheltered families counts with 20-story buildings, distributed in eight apartments per floor. The National Government invested 117,760,000 bolivares through the Grand Housing Mission Venezuela.

In the activity aired live in local television, vice-president Maduro stressed the Government's commitment to end the year 2013 without any family living in shelters. "We have to meet that goal, so all compatriots who are living in shelters shall know that we are working to progress in that."

This year, he emphasized, the Bolivarian Government is expected to allocate 380,000 homes amid the Grand Housing Mission Venezuela.

In this connection, Maduro opposed Venezuela's reality to Spain's, where families are being evicted due to the crisis.

"In the socialist Venezuela of the (Hugo) Chavez Administration, houses are built so that our families may have a home and from their home they build community," the vice-president said.

The opening of the housing complex was attended by Spanish journalist and writer Ignacio Ramonet, who will be member a of international committee of accompaniment for the recently created Commission for Justice and Truth, aimed at investigating crimes committed against the Venezuelan population during the 40 years of representative governments (1958-1998).