Why Social Housing matters

The need for affordable housing

According to the KZN Rental Housing Strategic Plan 2012-2017, there are 134 390 households in the Msunduzi area. Of these, 34% are inadequately housed, and 18% are in the rental market.

Housing is a basic need of every person. An ample supply of affordable housing to households earning a range of incomes is essential for cities and other localities as it is key to attracting and sustaining economic activity, anchoring vital and inclusive neighbourhoods, and providing a critical foundation for individual health and well-being.

Social housing offers an effective way of making housing accessible and affordable to those who otherwise cannot afford to access a house on their own.  The need for social housing is crucial to the development of any nation and to ensure that all its citizens can live with dignity.

The South African Social Housing Act

With this need for affordable housing in mind, the South African Social Housing Act 16 of 2008 aims:

  • to establish and promote a sustainable social housing environment;
  • to define the functions of national, provincial and local governments in respect of social housing;
  • to provide for the establishment of the Social Housing Regulatory Authority in order to regulate all social housing institutions obtaining or having obtained public funds;
  • to allow for the undertaking of approved projects by other delivery agents with the benefit of public money;
  • to give statutory recognition to social housing institutions; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.

(View South African Government website for more info on the Social Housing Act https://bit.ly/3jozz4n)

The social housing system in South Africa aims to deliver housing to both low income and middle-income households and does so with the help of institutionalized management which is provided by accredited social housing institutions.

To find out more about Social Housing, how it works and if you qualify for social housing click here: https://bit.ly/3sa68rM

The role of Capital City Housing

Capital City Housing is one of the authorized social housing institutions in the Msunduzi area that provides affordable accommodation in compliance with Social Housing Act.

Capital City Housing (CCH) is a Non-Profit Organization, in terms of the Companies Act of 2008, Act No. 71, and we aim to provide affordable, quality, integrated, housing units for the lower-middle income earners of the Msunduzi Metropolitan and surrounding areas through a transparent and participative process.

With our three housing developments, namely Acacia Park, Signal Hill and Aloe Ridge, we offer 1657 flats for rental accommodation in the Pietermaritzburg area.

Our developments play a vital role in filling the gap in the ‘affordable rental housing’ sector, ensuring that residents of Pietermaritzburg and surrounds have access to conveniently located, safe and secure housing where their families can thrive.

To find out more on how to apply for housing and documents required for application, click here: https://bit.ly/38yGJQS

Applying for housing

At Capital City Housing, we ensure that every applicant receives a fair chance at acquiring affordable accommodation, depending on availability. We have an online application process where applicants are vetted to ensure that they meet the qualifying criteria as mandated by the Social Housing Act.

We also have in place several measures to ensure that every tenant is carefully advised on their rights and responsibilities as tenants, their payment obligations, and the house rules they must abide by as well as the rights and obligation that we, as the landlord, have towards our tenants in ensuring that they enjoy a stress-free living experience at our developments.

If you would like to apply for affordable rental housing at any of our developments, click here.

So don’t wait, apply for housing today and become a part of our close-knit community!

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