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Housing opportunities <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Basic qualifying criteria​​​​​​​</h2><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>get advice and assistance</h4><p>The application process can be confusing. Please consult with your <a href=""> nearest housing office</a> for more details on the options below and the application process involved.</p></div></div><p> ​​​​​​​​​​No matter which option you apply for, you have to meet certain basic criteria first. Each type of housing may have additional criteria you need to meet as well. </p><h4>Applying for a housing subsidy:</h4><p>Before you can apply for a housing subsidy through the City of Cape Town, you have to meet the standard, national criteria: </p> <span> <div class="lrg-icon-content bordered"><div class="lrg-icon lrg-check"><p> <b>​​​​​​National criteria:</b></p><ul><li>You have to be over the age of 18.</li><li>You cannot own any other property or previously owned property.</li><li>You must be married or living with a partner, or single with financial dependents (who are able to prove their dependency).</li><li>If you are 60 years of age or older or if you are disabled you may apply as a single person.</li><li>You have to be a South African citizen, or must have a permanent residence permit.</li><li>You must be legally competent to sign a contract.</li><li>You cannot apply if you receive a national government housing subsidy already or if you are married to someone who does.</li></ul></div></div></span> <p>If you fulfill all of the criteria, you are eligible to apply for a housing opportunity with the City of Cape Town. Find out how to register on the housing needs register (previously known as the Housing Database) by following the City Connect link below.  </p><div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="">Register on the housing needs register </a></p></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Applying for a housing opportunity​​​​​​​</h2><p> We recommend that you register and apply with us before doing anything else. Once you are on our housing needs register, we can help you find something suitable to your needs, depending on what kind of housing is available, and when. </p><h4> What we can offer applicants depends on the following criteria: </h4><ul><li> <strong>Your personal situation: ​</strong>What we can offer you depends on your monthly household income (your income combined with that of your spouse/partner), your age, and whether you or a family member is disabled. </li><li> <strong>The area you want to live in:​ </strong>Allocating a housing opportunity to you and/ or your family depends very much on what we have available in your area; this is why we partner with developers and agencies to ensure we can continue to build affordable housing solutions across the city.</li><li> <strong>Availability of units: </strong>This ties in with the criteria above; we can only allocate what we have available: sometimes this may be a rental opportunity, and sometimes you could have an array of opportunities in one housing project which you may be eligible for. </li><li> <strong>Date of your application:​ </strong>While we do the best we can to provide housing opportunities to all those in need, the demand from citizens is high. We are still working with a major backlog.</li></ul> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>waiting list</h4><p> <b></b>Housing applications may be quick to process, but the waiting period can take years.</p></div></div></span><span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​Sale agreement amendment</h2></span> <p>The City has brought an application in the Equality Court regarding certain sale agreements in respect of City housing units. These agreements were entered into before the establishment of the City of Cape Town Municipality in September 2000, and were entered into with married male beneficiaries in terms of a former housing allocation policy known as the ‘<em>Housing Scheme Constructed by the Local Authority</em>’. <br></p><p> The sale agreements did not reflect their female spouses as at the date of the allocation of the housing units as co-purchasers. In its application, the City seeks an order that in the case of housing units which have not been transferred, the sale agreements be amended to reflect both spouses as co-purchasers, in equal shares, of such housing units. The amended sale agreement proposed by the City will provide the co-purchasers with full and equal rights of occupation, use of and access to the housing unit.<br></p><p>You can <a href="" target="_blank">download the application papers</a>, visit the <a href="">Parow Centre Housing Office</a> or any of the housing offices listed below for more information.</p> <span> <div class="mobile-scroll">​​ <table style="width:549px;"><thead><tr><th>Housing Office</th><th>Address</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Adriaanse</td><td>Cnr of Adriaanse and Seboa Street, Adriaanse</td></tr><tr><td>Athlone</td><td>Avenue Dr Abdurahman, Kewtown, Athlone</td></tr><tr><td>Belhar<br></td><td>Cnr of Huguenot and Alabama Square, Belhar</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Bellville South</td><td rowspan="1">​Kasselsvlei Rd, Bellville South</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Bishop Lavis</td><td rowspan="1">​Lavis Drive, Bishop Lavis</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Bonteheuwel</td><td rowspan="1">​Kiaat Way, Bonteheuwel</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Grassy Park</td><td rowspan="1">​Cnr of Linda and Olga Roads, Grassy Park</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Hanover Park</td><td rowspan="1">​Lansdowne Corner Mall, Cnr Jan Smuts Drive and Govan Mbeki Road</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Heideveld</td><td rowspan="1">​167 Heideveld Avenue, Heideveld</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Leonsdale</td><td rowspan="1">​12th Avenue, Elsies River</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Manenberg</td><td rowspan="1">​Cnr of Vygekraalweg and Wye Rd, Manenberg</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Melton Rose</td><td rowspan="1">​Cnr of Kool and Ganna Street, Melton Rose</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Mitchells Plain</td><td rowspan="1">​42 Chrysler Crescent, Beacon Valley</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Ocean View</td><td rowspan="1">​Carina Close, Ocean View</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Parow Homeownership Office</td><td rowspan="1">​First Floor, Parow Centre, Cnr Voortrekker and De La Rey Roads, Parow</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Ravensmead</td><td rowspan="1">​Edgar Bullock Street, Ravensmead</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Retreat</td><td rowspan="1">​78 Joe Marks Boulevard, Retreat</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Scottsdene</td><td rowspan="1">​Eoan Avenue, Scottsdene</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Strand</td><td rowspan="1">​62 Lower Gordonsbay Road, Strand</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Valhalla Park</td><td rowspan="1">​94 Angela Street, Valhalla Park</td></tr><tr><td rowspan="1">​Wesfleur<br></td><td rowspan="1">​Wesfleur Circle, Atlantis</td></tr></tbody></table></div>​​​</span><span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​Understanding Cape Town’s housing opportunities​​​​​​​<br></h2></span> <p>We have <strong>five main housing opportunities</strong> available. Each opportunity has specific qualifying criteria.</p> <span> <table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="height:512px;"><tbody><tr><th class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:15%;height:188px;">​<strong>BNG housing</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;height:188px;">​Household income of between <strong>R0 – R 3 500 per month</strong>. These are units available to own and are allocated by the national government. <br> <br>Breaking New Ground (BNG) houses are provided through the <a href="" target="_blank">National Department Human Settlements<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>. The BNG programme (better known as the Integrated Residential Development Programme (IRDP) allocates free homes and full home-ownership for single families. <br> <br>Download our <a href="">BNG Development Plan</a> to find out more about the programme. </td></tr><tr><th class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:15%;height:262px;"> <strong>​GAP housing </strong></th><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="height:262px;">Household income of between <strong>R 3 501 – R 22 000</strong>. These are units available to buy, built by our partner agencies. <br><br>If you earn too much to qualify for a BNG house but you don't have enough savings to pay the deposit, transfer fees or monthly payments on a property, we can help you fill this ‘gap.’ You can apply for the <a href="" target="_blank">Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> for help with a down payment, but you must qualify for a bond first.<br><br>Download our <a href="" target="_blank">GAP Housing Pamphlet</a> for more information. </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFooterFirstCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:23%;height:163px;">​Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP)</th><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-default" rowspan="1" style="height:163px;"> Household income of  between R0 - R​ 3 500 per month. These are serviced stands in informal settlements. Serviced stands include a piece of land with access to water, sanitation and electricity services. <br> <br>This subsidy is provided on a project basis and not to an individual. Visit your nearest housing office to find out whether you can apply for a UISP subsidy in your area.</td></tr></tbody></table></span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy blue bg-navy"><div class="graphic no-border"> <i class="info caring">​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>Did you know?</h4><p> A<strong> caring city: </strong>Over the last few years, we’ve built, renovated and upgraded many of our units. Improving our properties is an ongoing exercise to improve living conditions for all.</p></div></div> <span> <div class="mobile-scroll"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="height:337px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" style="width:23%;height:106px;"> <strong>​Community Residential Units (CRU)</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="height:106px;">​Household income of between <strong>R0 – R 3 500 per month</strong>. CRU accommodation refers to existing or newly built City-owned rental housing properties that include multi-storey units, row houses, cottages, duplex units, hostels and pensioner cottages <br>                   <br>These are City-managed rental units. <a href="">Watch the video of a CRU upgrade.</a> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><th class="ms-rteTableFirstCol-default" style="width:23%;height:163px;"> <strong>​Social Housing Programme</strong></th><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="height:163px;">Household income of up to <strong>R 15 000</strong>. These are affordable rental units built by our partner agencies. <br> <br>These homes are usually flats/ apartments built on City-owned land, in partnership with City-accredited social housing institutions. Read our <a href="">Social Housing pamphlet</a> for more information. <br> <br> <strong> Social housing does not include informal settlements or BNG houses. </strong> </td></tr></tbody></table></div></span> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info toptip">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>rental sales programme</h4><p> If you rent a free-standing or semi-detached Council house, you may be able to buy it through our <a href="">Rental Sales Programme</a>. Ask about the programme at a <a href="">housing office</a> near you.</p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Title deeds</h2><p>A title deed is a legal document that states that you are the registered owner of a property. If you have been notified that you are a beneficiary of one of our houses, then you will receive a title deed. </p><p>In order to collect or inquire about your title deed, contact your <a href="">nearest subcouncil office</a> for more information. </p><h4>You will need to take the following documents with you when you collect your title deed:</h4><ul><li>Your Identity Document (ID) book or card (it should be the green bar-coded ID)</li><li>Your spouse’s ID book or card (if applicable)</li><li>Your partner or beneficiary’s death certificate (if applicable)</li><li>If you are the Next of Kin (NOK) collecting it on behalf of the beneficiary, you need to provide a Letter of Authority from the court proving that you are the legal NOK. In cases of death, you will need to provide the will of the deceased beneficiary indicating that the property was left to you.</li><li>If a nominee is collecting on your behalf, an affidavit from the police station must be presented, granting permission for the collection of the title deed.</li></ul><p>Title deeds will not be issued without all the required documents. You and your spouse or partner must come to the venue together if you are married in community of property.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>write a will</h4><p>A will is an important legal document, written by a homeowner with the help of a lawyer. It will ensure that​ your valuable assets are passed down to your children or grandchildren when you pass away.​ For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Western Cape Government website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</p></div></div></span> <p>For a better understanding of the different housing opportunities, please download our Guide to Government Housing infographic below.</p> <span> <div class="infographic bg-font-adjust-bg">​​​​​​​​​ <figure><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /></figure><figcaption> <p> <span class="infoGraphicSpan">INFOGRAPHIC<br>​​<strong>Guide to government housing</strong></span></p> <a title="Guide to Government housing download button" class="btn dark-blue" href="" target="_blank"> <i class="icon download"></i>Download PDF</a> </figcaption> </div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Apply or register for housing​​​​​​​</h2><p>If you don’t need to consult, you begin the process by registering on the housing needs register or apply for a social housing opportunity. Please follow the corresponding City Connect link below for step by step instructions on how to complete these actions. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="">Register on the housing needs register</a></p><p> <a href="">Apply for social housing</a></p> <b></b></div></div></span>GP0|#6b212f85-ccea-4753-831f-1594e8f3bd74;L0|#06b212f85-ccea-4753-831f-1594e8f3bd74|Housing opportunities;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#d30820f2-174e-4308-90a4-07e0478ca4be;GPP|#e84b352a-6ba5-4275-b687-8cbfc7420a42;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711Find out if you are eligible for a housing subsidy, and what housing opportunities are available in the city.0



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