Setting the problem of social housing in the city of Guatemala
To understand the problem of social housing in Guatemala, it is essential to make a brief history of the beginnings of the city and the origin of the problems that caused low-income people to invade areas considered of high risk to build shacks there, this as an extreme measure that allowed them to get a roof to live with their family.
Thus, it is estimated that in the last 12 years, Guatemala City has grown horizontally much more than in the period that goes from the foundation of the city, in 1776, to the year 2000, that is, more than in the two previous centuries. Currently the city has overflowed its municipal boundaries and has melt (or conurbated) with neighboring towns. As indicated by the Municipality through the Territorial Ordering Plan (Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial or POT), the growth rate of the city goes from 4.4 to 5% annually and it is estimated that the current urban area of 35,000 hectares will double by the year 2020.

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