The demand for proper private residences is still high in Indonesia. Per data in 2015, there are still 13.5 million families spread across the country that still find themselves lacking private house. The high price of land space seems to be the culprit as the expense is not balanced with adequate income. Building a house itself requires budget and in some cases the number may be even bigger than what it takes to purchase land. As a result, more people tend to rent a house as this alternative is viewed as being more flexible and more wallet-friendly than having to build one on their own. However, be as it may, even when people are more inclined to rent, it does not mean that having a private home stops being an aspiration to many. Too bad, aspirations alone are not enough to hold up a desired house. Suffering from the same situation? Well, you are not alone in that dream. Thousands of people in the country are dying from this craving. Yet, your dream can still be realized. An affordable housing (“perumahan murah”, in Indonesian) is not a wishful thinking anymore today.
Indonesian government made a breakthrough back then in 2016 by establishing a program that goes by the name of Program Sejuta Rumah, which translates to “A Million House Program” in English. The program’s target is simple and pretty straightforward. It aims at establishing 13.5 million units of houses—a number that conveniently matches just how many families in Indonesia that cannot afford a house on their own. The program is expected to eliminate, or at least reduce the backlog in housing availability in the country. A Million House is a program that plans on covering the needs of many people in low income demography. Certainly with this kind of program, proper home should not be an issue anymore for large percentage of Indonesian citizens.
However, misconceptions still exist despite the fact that the program isn’t meant to make houses as a giveaway for public. People of low income demography are defaulted into a certain mind-frame that subjects them into thinking that this is a program of “generosity”. They think the government is giving houses for free. To some extent, this is a mistake on the government’s part. The program is still lacking on its socialization; people are flocking to Ministry of Public Services’ office of Housing Provision Division solely to question the government about just how valid this program is.