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(from ONE magazine March 2010)

Housing Palestinian Families
Posted: 18 Mar 2010

A church-led housing initiative for Palestinian families living in East Jerusalem was the subject of a high profile meeting called by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on 3 February. Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem, CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel, Sami El-Yousef, Msgr. William Shomali, chancellor of the patriarchate, and architect Simon Kouba joined the president and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in discussing the endeavor, which will offer affordable apartments to 72 families.

Recognizing the importance of such projects, President Abbas pledged to double soft loans granted by the Palestine Investment Fund for the housing program, which is managed by CNEWA’s Jerusalem-based engineering staff.