“Oh my, I’m in tears. I can’t even shower here.”
On the afternoon of the 24th, Justice Party presidential candidate Shim Sang-jung, who visited the semi-basement room of 3 pyeong in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, opened the bathroom door and sighed. It happened while leaving the house after having a conversation with the two young men on the bed and Sim sitting on a chair with fruits in their suitcases. Candidate Sang-Jeong Shim started the ‘Erased People – People who live in rooms, not houses’ campaign from this day.
It came out of the awareness of the problem that politics are not talking about the policies that are really needed. On the 21st, I met Ahn Hee-jung, former governor of Chungnam Province, and Kim Ji-eun, a victim of sexual assault. Candidate Shim plans to take steps to look back at the lives of non-regular workers and ultra-short-time workers and discrimination in social life.
Meet the youth living in the semi-underground
“Raise the minimum housing standard and remove the semi-basement”
The young men who met with Shim said that they had no choice but to live in a cramped and unstable environment without money. Byeon Hyeon-jun (20) said, “I paid a deposit of 50 million won and moved into a jeonse, but I got a youth jeonse loan, but I had no choice but to get help from my parents to pay 10% of my co-payment and moving expenses.” Inari (34) said, “I paid 450,000 to 550,000 won in rent for 10 years and lived in this space, but every time I went looking for a house, there was only a house like this, so I didn’t know if this was a problem.” It was only later that I found out that it was wrong.” “I and the women around me are worried that someone might break in, so I use my male name for delivery,” said Lee.
Candidate Sang-Jeong Shim promised, “I will raise the minimum area for single-person households to 25 square meters and get rid of the semi-basement.” The goal is to raise the minimum housing standards and eliminate low-quality housing types. Currently, the minimum standard area for a single-person household is 14 square meters. The basement floor, which had to be buried for more than two-thirds of the ceiling height, was expanded and the standard was relaxed to more than one-half. Although the profitability of landlords increases, there has been criticism that low-quality housing increases.
Candidate Shim also promised to introduce a village security guard system and establish a police hotline to ensure safe housing for women and single-person households. “I feel safer because people in the village protect me, not people I don’t know well,” Inari said.
Candidate Sang-Jeong Shim also announced that the eligibility for housing benefits will be expanded from 45% of median income to 60% of the median income and that public rental housing will be expanded to 20% in order to help young people escape from ‘hell’ (half-basement/rooftop/gosiwon). Among rental apartments, the deposit was removed from the youth housing, and there is a content that provides an interest-free loan for cheonsei.
Candidate Shim said, “The National Assembly’s Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee only talks about house prices in Gangnam and Seoul every day and does not talk about the 2 million public rental housing households or the homeless commoners. not,” he criticized.
“You have to be by the side of citizens suffering from inequality”
The campaign accompanies the movement of the Justice Party to find its beginnings. Candidate Shim said, “People don’t give points for blaming others and criticizing other parties” in relation to the low approval ratings at the Korea Regional Journalists’ Club invitation discussion held in Yeouido, Seoul. “I reflected on whether I should be more devoted to the efforts of becoming a mainstream with the receiving citizens,” he said. He said, “There is an absolute majority of the minority in our society. I will fight proudly.”