Have your say on City’s housing allocation amendments

Residents have one more week to comment on the City of Cape Town’s proposed changes to its housing allocation policy.

The City says the amendments will make the policy fairer and more transparent.

The comment period opened on Monday November 11 and closes on Tuesday December
10.

The proposed changes relate to the selection of qualifying beneficiaries and the allocation of various types of state-subsidised housing opportunities, including Breaking New Ground (BNG), council rental housing and the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP).

Some of the proposed
changes include taking anti-social behaviour into consideration when considering applicants for council rental housing and an income bracket increase from
R10 000 to R15 000 for those applying in newly developed council rental housing.

The City has encouraged residents to look through the proposed changes and to be part of the review process.

Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi, said the City is mindful of the acute need for housing.

“We therefore have to ensure that we look at the dynamic housing market and see to it that our policies reflect the conditions on the ground and the needs that have been identified by City officials and interested and affected parties,” he said.

“We have also proposed that anti-social behaviour, such as gangsterism and drug pushing among others are taken into account when someone applies for a transfer of tenancy within council rental housing. This is in an effort to make our council housing developments safer.”

Information about the review policy and public participation process is available at www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/have-your-say

Comments can be submitted in writing by email to Hspolicy.Research@capetown.gov.za, by post to 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town Civic Centre, 15th Floor, For Attention: Cassandra Gabriel, by visiting the ‘Have
YourSay’portalon
www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/have-your-say or by using the comment box at all municipal libraries and sub-council off-
ices.

Formoreinformation
contact the human settlementsdirectorate’s call centre on 021 444 0333, WhatsApp 063
299 9927 or email Human.Settlements@capetown.gov.za