Forty percent of families in Tehran live under the line of poverty in terms of housing and 20% are slum dwellers, a Tehran renovation official said today.
The Director of the Tehran Urban Renovation Organization estimated that the population of slum dwellers would increase by 10% annually in comments carried by the state-run ISNA News Agency.
Kaveh Haj Ali Akbari also said that 15% of the capital’s population lived in shabby buildings.
The Tehran official said that the state’s intervention in the housing sector had failed, adding that as a result, during the past one a half years, Tehran rental rates had increased by 35%.
Almost all major cities in Iran have a growing population of slum dwellers.
According to reports in Iran’s state-run media, there are 17 slum neighborhoods, with a population of 168,336, in Sanandaj, the capital of the western province of Kurdistan.
Baneh, another city in Kurdistan has 13 slum neighborhoods, while Saqez has seven, and Marivan and Bijar each have five slum neighborhoods. Divandareh has two neighborhoods while the cities of Kamyaran and Qarveh have one slum neighborhood each.
Iran’s slum dwellers live in absolute poverty.
According to Rasoul Khezri, an MP representing the cities of Sardasht and Piranshahr in northwestern Iran, addiction, trafficking of children and organs, child abuse and dealing drugs were prevalent among slum dwellers.
In 2017, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development said that 19 million people live in Iran’s slums on the margins of larger cities. This means that one out of four Iranians live in slums. With the current state of the economy and the increase in inflation and home prices, it would be safe to guess that this estimate has also increased.