Macro Plans, Micro Houses

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Finding an affordable place of our own to live in is probably one of the biggest challenges that schools never taught us about. The harsh reality is that while having a roof over our heads is a necessity, it is close to unachievable for most.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)  is trying to make a change by providing youngsters from the lower-income or B40 bracket with micro-housing facilities. There will be two phases to the development, with the first one consisting of a pair of seven-storey shophouses at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

The first phase will have a capacity of 190 tenants while the second phase, which should be completed in the first quarter of 2020, is expected to fit another 135 people. These semi-furnished units can fit 3-7 people each, and can be rented at RM 100/month per pax. 

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According to the New Straits Times, KL Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the units are mainly for single Malaysians aged between 18-28, earning RM2,000 or below and working within a 25km radius of the facility.

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“Registration for the first phase should open by August. Tenants have a choice of signing a tenancy for one year or 18 months. They cannot exceed this term because we need to rotate the units for the benefit of as many young and struggling Malaysian workers. Rental for prime space in the city is much higher than this. But it’s not about profit. We would like to give them a fresh start by providing them with a roof over their heads until they are ready to stand on their own feet,” he also said at the unveiling of the project in April this year. 

The facility opened for registration today, and those who want to check if they are eligible for the micro-houses can submit an application here.