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Cuba built about 20,000 homes in 2009, barely reaching a 60 percent of its modest annual construction goal.

A report prepared for Sunday's session of parliament indicates that authorities missed by more than a third the target of building 32,000 homes this year.

In September 2005, Fidel Castro said housing was such a priority that his country would build 100,000 new homes per year.  
That goal proved so overambitious that by 2008, officials had lowered annual projections to 50,000 homes, and then sliced them to 32,000 for 2009 -- a bar that still proved far too high.

Cuba reported in 2006 that its housing shortage had reached half a million homes -- and that was before three hurricanes hit the island in 2008, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The Cuban parliament meets in full sessions just two days a year and usually gives unanimous approval to proposals put forward by the leadership.

Source: Yahoo

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