Owning a small apartment or house in a city like Ho Chi Minh City is a distant dream for many young workers, as availability and high prices leave home ownership out of reach. House prices in most Vietnamese cities have been rising steadily for many years, especially in metropolises like Ho Chi Minh City. Research by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper shows that the city has run out of affordable housing, leaving some joking that it has ‘died out.’ Super-small living spaces In a shelter with an area of only nine square meters on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, live three tenants, including a woman who is five months pregnant. At 4:00 pm, Tran Thien Khang, the only man in this rented unit, comes home from work with a bag of meat and a bunch of vegetables, the ingredients for dinner. “This place is not only convenient, but also close to where my wife and her mother work,” Khang says of its advantages. The metal-roofed unit is divided into three separate areas for sleeping, cooking, and bathing. Because of the limited space, all sorts of things are hung up so the four walls all around are crammed with most of their belongings. Despite the inconvenience, the… Read full this story
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