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Milestone achieved for central Cape Town affordable housing <p>​Key portions of the development application, including rezoning and subdivision, has been approved. </p><p>Although social housing is a legislatively heavy type of housing and very complex, all due process is being followed to ensure the City’s desired projects can take shape in the shortest possible time.</p><p>The next key milestone is the submission of the Site Development Plan (SDP) to further prepare the site for the commencement of the construction.</p><ul><li>The social housing project is expected to provide 160 opportunities to qualifying beneficiaries.</li><li>This is part of the City’s planned development of more than 2 000 affordable housing opportunities on well-located pieces of land in and near urban centres across the metro to enable greater spatial equality.</li></ul><p>This is a positive step forward for the City as it allows us to continue with the important work of developing this housing project. </p><p>The SDP will provide another opportunity for the City to engage with the public on this development. </p><p>Great strides are being made to realise our plans for social housing in the city centre. Other planned central and metro-wide projects are also progressing well. </p><p>Our intention has always been to develop affordable housing opportunities in urban centres across the metro in an inclusive, fair and ordered manner. Social housing developments are truly complex and intricate with a host of legislative requirements to adhere to before development can take place. It takes hard work and dedication to see these projects through and we thank City staff and all our partners, as well as our communities and civic representatives, who are walking with us on the path to a more spatially integrated city, with greater access to affordable housing. </p><p>The City remains committed to enabling more affordable housing opportunities on suitable, well-located land across the metro through partnerships and innovation. We encourage and urge all communities, partners and groups to work with us so that we can make more progress over the year ahead and do what is in the best interest of our communities and residents. </p><p>Information about social housingIt is managed by accredited social housing institutions (SHIs).</p><ul><li>SHIs are solely dependent on rental income. They receive no operational grants. They are able to service their debt finance through rental income.</li><li>As with any rental contract, tenants formally enter into lease agreements. The landlord is the SHI.</li><li>If tenants do not adhere to their lease agreements, the responsible SHI will follow the necessary legal process. Tenants must therefore pay to stay as the rental money is used for the day-to-day operation and upkeep of the complex.</li><li>The City has nothing to do with the day-to-day management of SHIs, the rental amount or evictions for not paying.</li><li>Before potential beneficiaries can apply for social housing, they are required to register on the City's Housing Needs Register.</li><li>Projects are developed on well-located, accessible land in and near urban centres.</li><li>It is not low-income subsidised government housing, such as Breaking New Ground (or the commonly called RDP housing and it is not City Council Rental Units).</li><li>It is managed with 24-hour security and access control.</li><li>The City may sell City-owned land at a discounted price for social housing developments to make projects economically viable.</li><li>Social housing offers improved access to social facilities and other amenities.</li><li>A single grant subsidy can benefit on average five households versus one household for Council rental units.</li><li>Social housing adds value to vacant pieces of land.</li><li>Social housing has the potential to improve property prices in an area.</li></ul><p><br>End</p>2021-05-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3ea72323-aacb-4ec5-b16a-f187107de423;L0|#03ea72323-aacb-4ec5-b16a-f187107de423|social housing;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6195e857-fc72-4cf5-9d75-ff4a838085d5;L0|#06195e857-fc72-4cf5-9d75-ff4a838085d5|rental unit;GP0|#186dc439-df7c-4d73-a0e9-81fa3cbc295b;L0|#0186dc439-df7c-4d73-a0e9-81fa3cbc295b|spatial development plan10

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