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Additional month to comment on City’s housing allocation policy<p>The proposed changes to the policy relate to the selection of qualifying beneficiaries and the allocation of various types of State-subsidised housing opportunities. These include Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses, Council rental housing and the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP). It must be noted the housing allocation process as outlined in the policy is strictly controlled and transparent and it is in line with various human settlements-related laws and policies that are in place. </p><p> <strong>Some of the proposed changes include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Allocation process for vacant serviced sites to BNG ‘non-qualifiers’ included as per National Human Settlements Policy</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Anti-social behaviour of prospective tenant considered when applying for Council rental housing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Income bracket increase from R10 000 to R15 000 per month when applying for new Council rental housing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Allocation process for UISP (Phase 3 and 4) included </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Expedited decision-making processes in certain instances</div></li></ul><p>Members of the public are encouraged to be part of the process by looking through the proposed changes and commenting.</p><p>‘As a City, we are mindful of the acute need for housing opportunities across the metro. We have to ensure that we look at the housing market and that our policies reflect the conditions on the ground. The needs of our residents must be identified by City officials and interested and affected parties and must be reflected in our policies. </p><p>‘For instance, we are proposing that the income bracket when applying for Council rental housing is increased from R10 000 to R15 000 per month as a response to the need for affordable housing in Cape Town. This is also to align with the national affordable rental housing programme. </p><p>‘We have also proposed that anti-social behaviour, including gangsterism and drug dealing, are taken into account when someone applies for a transfer of tenancy within Council rental housing. This is an effort to make Council housing safer for our residents.</p><p>‘Given the complex housing context, it is important that when State-subsidised housing opportunities are available, our policies ensure that qualifying beneficiaries, who are registered on the City’s Housing Needs Register, are empowered with housing opportunities and benefit from a fair and transparent process. Clear policy also expedites the provision of housing opportunities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi.</p><p> <strong>Public participation process</strong><br>Information about the policy and public participation process is available on <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Haveyoursay">www.capetown.gov.za/Haveyoursay</a></p><p> <strong>Submit comments in writing:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Email: <a href="mailto:Hspolicy.Research@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">Hspolicy.Research@capetown.gov.za</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Have Your Say portal: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Haveyoursay" target="_blank">www.capetown.gov.za/Haveyoursay</a></div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">By hand at selected subcouncil offices<br></div></li></ul><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"> <strong>Subcouncil</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"> <strong>Location</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"> <strong>Operating hours</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Council Chambers, Saxonsea, Atlantis</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday - Friday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kraaifontein Council Chambers, Kraaifontein</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday - Friday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 3</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Milnerton Municipal Building, Royal Ascot, Bridle Way, Milnerton</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday - Friday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 10</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Khayelitsha Training Centre, Cnr Lwandle Road and Phendula Crescent, Khayelitsha</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday - Friday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 11</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Athlone Civic Centre, Athlone</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tuesday and Thursday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 16</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">44 Wale Street, Cape Town</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday – Thursday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 17</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Athlone Civic Centre, Cnr Protea and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Tuesday and Thursday </p><p>(09:00 – 15:00)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 18</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cnr Buck Road and 6th Avenue, Lotus River</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday, Wednesday, Friday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 19</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Municipal Offices, Off Recreation Road, Fish Hoek</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday, Wednesday, Thursday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 20</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">New Council Chambers, Alphen Centre, Constantia Main Road, Constantia</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday, Wednesday, Friday</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SC 24</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Kuyasa Library, Walter Sisulu Road, Khayelitsha</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Monday - Friday</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>The City’s Public Participation Unit will assist people who cannot read or write, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments to have their views or recommendations recorded and submitted to the City. Please contact Zandile Mahlasela at 021 400 5501 for assistance.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> </p><p> </p>2020-06-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173;L0|#02d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173|Public participation;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82;L0|#0a4eccbe6-2bec-49aa-ad58-8ed41a372c82|housing;GP0|#45d2a267-4bf6-498d-9f86-388769df2ee3;L0|#045d2a267-4bf6-498d-9f86-388769df2ee3|allocations and grants1

 

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