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        7/21/2011, Tammuz 19, 5771

      Barkat: Government Must Approve Housing Initiatives


      A delegation of leaders of the affordable-housing demonstrations in Jerusalem visited Mayor Nir Barkat in his office Thursday afternoon. Barkat told them that the city supported the struggle for housing for the young and had been leading initiatives on the matter for two years, including a requirement that developers allocated 20 percent of their projects to the young. The mayor said another way was to add young, educated, working couples to the Housing Ministry's criteria for eligibility.

      Barkat offered the demonstrators logistical help and scheduled another meeting for next week.