Erdoğan hails country's public housing projects
"Through TOKI [the Housing Development Administration of Turkey], we accomplished what no one else in the world could achieve," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony for homes built by Turkey's government-backed housing agency.
"With an investment of approximately 200 billion Turkish liras ($23 billion), we've made our people from all walks of life homeowners," Erdoğan added.
TOKI dates its foundation back to 1924, when the country was hit by a powerful earthquake.
Addressing the crowd, Erdoğan said: "The 2023 elections are critical for the continuation of these services. I want you to start working now for 2023."
76,000 housing units under construction
Erdoğan said that to date, Turkey has built over 1.1 million residences and workplaces and more than 24,000 facilities including stadiums, hospitals, schools, dormitories and sports halls via TOKI.
"We've completed the construction of 12,000 social housing [units] so far. We're still continuing the construction of 76,000 social housing [units]," he said.
In 2019, Erdoğan unveiled a project to build 100,000 low-cost homes every year.
"We're starting the process of constructing 100,000 low-cost housing [units] in 81 provinces of our country as part of our 2020 program," he said at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara.