Friday, February 27, 2009

MEC to launch Steenberg housing scheme

By Cindy Witten
27 February 2009

The first Social Housing project in the Province will be launched by MEC for housing Whitey Jacobs. With the launch of the Steenberg Social Housing scheme, the project is expected to provide housing for the communities of Steenberg and Retreat.

450 rental units will be built as part of the overall development structure for Retreat and Steenberg. This housing project caters for people earning between R3501 to R7500.

The Western Cape has a housing backlog that stands at about 410 000. The department of housing says that rental housing is seen as a viable alternative accommodation.

"In addressing the housing challenges in this province, we ought to be creative enough and ignore the concept of one size fits all. We ought to be aggressive in providing all different alternatives like rental, subsidy, and the gap market", says the housing MEC, Whitey Jacobs.

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