"As applications surge, urban units run short"
Hiroshi Abe, a 74-year-old Sendai resident whose house in Miyagino Ward was destroyed in the March 2011 tsunami, had his heart set on rebuilding his home. But that dream is becoming increasingly likely to end up just that."
"The truth is, I want to rebuild my home," Abe said. "But even if I could get a loan, I'm so old I'd never be able to pay it back."
Like many disaster victims, Abe currently lives in a temporary housing unit, also in Miyagino Ward. Some of his neighbors have started rebuilding their homes, which Abe also planned to do, but he has since given up on the idea due to the cost. Now, he is seeking a space in government-run public "restoration housing."
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