ARUNBA, S.C. — For the first time in two years, the island nation of Aruba is experiencing a housing crisis.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reported that it is experiencing the largest influx of vacant homes in the country since the Great Depression.
The agency says it has received an average of more than 4,200 new listings each day since the beginning of August.
The HUD report also notes that it has seen the largest number of empty homes in three decades, up from about 700 in 2013.
The real estate market is a complicated one in Aruba, which has the highest unemployment rate in the world.
While the island’s population is about 8 million, it is home to a total of around 5 million people, according to the United Nations.
Many Arubans have been struggling to find work, and many have been unable to find affordable housing.
In September, Aruba’s governor, Juan Miguel Ángel Solis, issued an order asking that the island be declared a “national emergency” to allow the government to address the shortage of housing.
This has led to a rapid increase in vacant properties, according the Associated Press.
The AP reports that Aruba had more than 5,400 vacant properties last year, up 40 percent from the previous year.
The government’s efforts to find housing have so far focused on housing for the elderly, disabled and people with disabilities, but the Associated News reports that many people in Aruban neighborhoods are unable to afford to buy a home, either because of a lack of credit or because of the high cost of living in the city.
In an attempt to get people out of their homes, Solis has asked the Interior Ministry to establish a social housing program, which could be funded through the federal government.
The ministry has not yet announced any plans to start a program, and officials have said that the program will be “very flexible” in the future.
The housing crisis has left many Arubani residents living in tents or in vehicles on the streets, or even in some cases sleeping in carports and basements.
The Associated Press reports that about 4,300 of the 4,900 vacant properties are owned by Arubaans who are in the United States illegally.
Many of these homes are in areas where the population has decreased by more than 20 percent, the AP reported.
The shortage of affordable housing is the latest development in the decades-long saga of Arubania’s housing crisis, which began when the country’s socialist government was overthrown by the United Kingdom in 1975.
The British government confiscated Arubaa’s foreign assets and declared the island a British colony, which led to Arubanism’s dissolution.
The island’s remaining inhabitants are descendants of those who came to the island in the 19th century and settled there during the first half of the 20th century.
The U.K. government was also responsible for the repatriation of the islanders after the war and forced them to work as indentured servants in the British labor force.
The Arubanian government, however, maintained control of the islands economy, making it difficult for the island to provide enough housing for its residents.
In 2017, Arubancas government was set to hold elections for the next mayor of Arur, but when they failed to agree on a candidate, a local group of residents formed a coalition.
The coalition has been fighting for the right to vote, a right that the United Socialist Party of Arunacan (USPA), a coalition of left-leaning political groups, has also been fighting to gain.
In a joint statement, the USPA and the US Congress called for an end to the political process, and the United National Movement (UNM), a pro-government organization, called on the government “to take immediate action to alleviate the housing crisis.”
The UNM’s statement said that it would “not allow the situation to worsen” and that it “will not allow Aruba to be used as a pawn in the ongoing imperialist war against the peoples of the world.”