City launches two housing projects
The City of Johannesburg has launched two more affordable housing projects for residents in the inner city.
The projects were delivered by the City of Joburg’s social housing entity (JOSHCO), with a promise of many more to come.
The two are the Albert Street project (located at 133 Albert Street) and the Fraser House transitional housing project (located at 60 Macintyre Street).
The projects have a combined cost of over R96 million, and are expected to contribute to the inner-city revitalisation initiative through the conversion of a number of dilapidated buildings into habitable mixed-sized residential units.
Albert Street consists of ‘1 Bedroom’, ‘Studio’ and ‘Communal Room’-type units totalling 83 residential units. It also has features such as courtyard, drying yards, children’s play area and a braai area.
Fraser House will be used as transitional housing, and will offer temporary housing for the homeless and some working homeless who earn an insufficient income to afford long-term housing. This model is set up to assist residents to transition into permanent, affordable housing. The occupants will share communal bathrooms and kitchen on each floor.
“Our city faces a mammoth task of clearing the current housing backlog of over 300 000 units, and as I have said on numerous occasions now, this administration is fully committed to turning the inner-city into a construction site in order for us to deliver sufficient and affordable quality accommodation to all our residents,” said City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.
He said that each time the City launches new housing projects feels like a first, calling it a proud moment for the City and its partners.
Last month, Council adopted the Inclusionary Housing: Incentives, Regulations and Mechanisms Framework. This is an important step as the City seeks to address the spatial inequality associated with apartheid-era development planning. The Framework requires and incentivizes private developers to dedicate 30% of new residential developments to affordable housing.
This seeks to ensure that densities are increased in a manner that facilitates the co-existence of people belonging to varied income profiles. The densification process will be implemented in and around current nodes, as well as the new ‘general urban zone’ in areas like Orlando East in Soweto.
The need for an Inclusionary Housing Framework was identified in the City’s Spatial Development Framework 2040 (SDF 2040) adopted by Council in 2016. Specifically it identified the need to facilitate and guide the provision of inclusionary housing by the private sector in private housing developments.
The SDF 2040 highlights the issue of the housing and job mismatch in the City with a large portion of the population in the City concentrated in areas of limited or no employment opportunity. It further advocates for densification in areas of favourable employment which in turn happen to be the areas the City has invested heavily in.https://www.joburg.org.za/media_/Newsroom/Pages/2019%20Newsroom%20Articles/March%202019/City-launches-two-housing-projects,-easing-affordable-housing-needs-in-the-inner-city.aspx