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Social housing project on a roll

The Glenhaven social housing project is 50% tenanted and the City believes occupation will be completed by the middle of the year.

This came to light as the City’s Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi paid a visit to the site – almost a year after his last inspection.

“When compared to what I saw when I visited a year ago, the progress is truly remarkable,” he says. “It is exciting to see the Glenhaven social housing project progressing well and that occupation of the units by qualifying beneficiaries has already started. This means that we are one step closer to seeing the plans for this project become a reality.”

The location of the project is on the last known available piece of land for housing in the Bellville South and Glenhaven areas.

Multiple violent protests have taken place, with residents fuming over the lack of housing in the surrounds.

The project, on the corner of Peter Barlow Road and Bester Roads, has been in the works for years. It consists of mixed types of housing on one premises – some available for traditional rental, some as affordable housing and some as Gap housing.

The affordable housing project is called the Anchorage and is run by the social housing institution Urban Status Rentals (USR).

The project is funded in part by the City who has spent around R67 million on the project. It’s expected the housing project will be valued at around R190 million in total once completed.

It helps low-income households to get access to a convenient location and top class amenities, like WiFi and CCTV, without paying top dollar. The rent of every unit is determined by a sliding scale of monthly income.

A total of 512 social housing opportunities are available as well as 253 gap rental housing units.

“Social housing is rental or co-operative housing for low and lower income households earning between R1 501 and R15 000 per month, with the proviso that the applicant is willing to and undertakes to pay monthly rental,” the City explains in a statement.

“Gap housing is for households which earn between R3 501 and R22 000 per month, and do not qualify for a full State-housing subsidy.

“However, these households are eligible for a range of partial housing subsidies and programmes.”

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