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Tenanting set to begin at Goodwood mega social housing project<span><p>The City has provided urban settlements development grant funding, land for parking, and various incentives to enable the financial and operational viability of the estimated R575m Goodwood Station development. The project is a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA), DCI Community Housing Services (the social housing institution undertaking the development), the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), and the Infrastructure Fund, among others.</p><p>'I was encouraged to see construction progressing on the mega 1 000-unit social housing development in Goodwood. All 1 000 units will be complete by mid-2024, with tenanting set to begin in November on Phase 1 of this development, totalling 330 units. This is welcome progress towards our goal of enabling more well-located affordable housing, with tenanting recently commencing at the City's 204-unit Maitland Mews social housing development in that inner city feeder suburb.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/mayor%20housing1.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'In neighbouring Parow, we've also just released land parcels for the development of 630 social housing units, while 314 units have been completed at the Bothasig Gardens development. The City is further playing an enabling role in the Western Cape Government's Founder's Garden precinct in the CBD, and the Conradie Park development in the inner City feeder suburb of Pinelands, where 432 social housing units have been constructed in the first phase. </p><p> </p><p>'And there's a lot more in the pipeline. In total, over 2 000 social housing units reached critical approval stages in the first year of our Priority Programme for accelerated land release. We've further passed guidelines for the discounting of public land to maximise affordable housing units and ensure project viability on the land we release,' said Mayor Hill-Lewis. </p><p> </p><p>'The Goodwood station project is located along the critical Voortrekker Road corridor, which links Cape Town's main CBD with Bellville. These affordable rental units are close to economic and transport hubs, presenting an excellent opportunity for families with a combined monthly income of below R22 000. Some 6 500 social housing opportunities and 50 land parcels are in the planning pipeline City-wide,' said Councillor Pophaim.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/mayor%20housing%203.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:970px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><strong>Facts about social housing:</strong></p><ul><li>It is managed by accredited social housing institutions (SHIs).</li><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 values in an area.<br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/mayor%20housing%202.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" /> </figure>​​</span><p><strong>For more information and to apply:</strong> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/City-housing-and-properties/Housing-opportunities/Apply-for-social-housing" target="_blank">https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/City-housing-and-properties/Housing-opportunities/Apply-for-social-housing</a> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-09-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GP0|#3ea72323-aacb-4ec5-b16a-f187107de423;L0|#03ea72323-aacb-4ec5-b16a-f187107de423|social housing10

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