The increasingly urgent housing crisis in Lod’s Old City neighborhoods stems from the prevalence of deteriorated housing stock, underdevelopment and neglect of public space, and rising housing costs without protection for lower income residents.
Due to the lack of any viable model for affordable housing in Israel, residents of low-income areas like Lod’s Ramat Eskhol neighborhood are often pushed from their homes by increasing costs into more deteriorated neighborhoods which, in turn, remain neglected and lacking resources for desperately needed improvements.
Without the means to leave, or access to adequate, financially attainable housing alternatives in their immediate area, residents have no choice but to remain in sub-standard housing units.
Jindas has identified factors that demonstrate the potential for innovative and holistic urban housing development in Lod:
Availability of vacant, publicly owned land
Lower real estate prices (compared with nearby locales)
Increased government, philanthropic, and private sector interest in the city’s re-emergence
Potential for cultivating shared society in a uniquely diverse community
Residents seeking change in status quo and participating in neighborhood regeneration processes
The Hashmonaim Project
Starting with a pilot site at a deteriorated apartment complex on the centrally located Hashmonaim block of Ramat Eshkol, Jindas is establishing a model for affordable development which pairs physical space improvements with community building activity.
Fostering community partnership and civic engagement through the establishment of neighborhood steering committees, the project lays the groundwork for more sustainable housing solutions by promoting resident self-advocacy and performing critical repairs which will immediately improve residents’ quality of life.
Jindas is developing a mixed-use, mixed-income, 500 unit complex complete with a new child care center and a restored local community center. The affordable housing complex will be built in Ramat Eshkol on land allocated by the city. Residents are engaged throughout the planning and development process.
The majority of the first homes developed will be designated for over 2,000 residents, including many long term renters in some of the neighborhood’s most acutely neglected apartment complexes.
The initiative aims to establish a precedent and replicable model for the development of affordable housing in Lod and throughout the country.