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Rome: Ater houses saved from illegal activity and drug dealing, allocations quadrupled but 600 are still empty

This is what sources from the territorial company for public residential construction report to "Agenzia Nova"


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In Rome in one year the allocations of public housing have almost quadrupled: from 40 to 150. Despite this, around 600 still remain empty. These are accommodations owned by the territorial company for public housing, ready for assignment, awaiting renovation or reserved for social housing. Ater sources reported this to "Agenzia Nova". The apartments are "alarmed", that is, equipped with video surveillance to intervene promptly in the event of illegal occupation. Last night one of these systems triggered the alarm in a residence, in the San Basilio district. In particular, a woman with a child occupies the apartment of an elderly woman who died a few days ago. The local police and the Carabinieri arrived on site, as did the home movement and, despite the prosecutor's order to vacate the accommodation, the intervention was postponed. The evictionsare now constant, with continuous frequency. On average, around ten accommodations per week are re-entrusted to Ater, of which at least 4 are forced, thanks to the joint work between the police and the eviction office of the same company whose staff is ready to intervene 24 hours a day.

The positive data it lies in the assignments that have quadrupled. According to what we learn, last year 40 accommodations were assigned by the Municipality of Rome. While this year there have already been 150 assignments. But even entrusting a house to those who are entitled to it is not a simple operation. Until 5 or 6 years ago, according to investigators and insiders, the problem was political. Far-right residents or activists, hindered the assignment of housing to foreigners. For some years, it has been the drug dealers who have been obstructing, "because they fear" that the new assignees could be informants for the police, or in any case people who hinder "business". Very often, however, illegal employment is favored by those who fall into the drug dealing circuit or in any case live illegally. This type of occupation tends to take place in the neighborhoods of Tor Bella Monaco and San Basilio, preferably on the lower floors.

Those carrying out the evictions tell "Agenzia Nova" about accommodations transformed into stalls for the sale of drugs, based on the Vele di Scampia model, with armored doors to avoid the intrusion of the police, but also air vents on the walls which face the outside, which act as a "window" through which the customer pays to obtain the drugs. At Laurentino 38, the illegally occupied Ater accommodations are also used for drugs, but in a different way: they welcome the consumer who, after having bought the narcotic, almost always crack, consumes it directly on the spot. In the Spinaceto district, however, the illegal occupation of public housing seems to have a different purpose: there would, in fact, be a real market for public apartments which, once occupied, are resold to those who are not capable of occupying them on their own. A phenomenon that changes depending on periods and areas. In this period there are a couple of them per week but only attempts remain given that often the eviction, with the exception of last night's, takes place immediately thanks to the intervention of the Ater eviction office and the police. .

At the Quarticciolo the public housing company, with greater maintenance, contributed, together with the controls of the police force, to combating drug dealing. Investigations revealed that drug dealers were hiding the drugs on the lower branches of trees. This combined with the lack of streetlights, many of which were broken, made it easy to hide the drugs and also the identity of the pusher. Thus the pruning of trees and the installation of 45 street lamps gave the drug dealing network a hard time. But the pushers did not stop and continuously blew the main switch of the electricity network that powered the public lighting. They could do nothing when Ater sealed the box containing it. At that point, they had to change the place of dealing.

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