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April 2, 2012 7:01 AM

Venezuelans lose their homes for government housing program

Like many Venezuelans, Calogero Alotto was sympathetic to the estimated 30,000 families left homeless by flooding during 2010 and 2011. When government officials told him they needed his small parking lot and mechanic shop to build housing for the refugees, he accepted it as a patriotic duty. But 15 months later, the housing has yet to materialize and Alotto is still waiting to get paid.

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