Housing openings now advertised more frequently

2015-05-05 06:00

After reviewing its application process a social and affordable housing enterprise has introduced a new process for advertising its vacancies.

The changes made are based on feedback from applicants.

Communicare owns and manages 3375 rental units and has been providing subsidised rental accommodation in the Cape for 85 years,

CEO Anthea Houston says people seeking accommodation could previously apply twice a year on 1 April and 1 October. “Their names were retained on a waiting list for six months and this meant all prospective applicants had to physically go to the Communicare offices – many having to take time off from work to apply,” she says.

Houston says Communicare only has about 500 vacancies each year but thousands of people usually applied. This means that they waited very long and became frustrated. Many people also reapplied several times.

“Since we only have a limited number of vacant units available every month, maintaining a waiting list is not effective. Instead, from mid-April onwards vacant units will be advertised at Communicare’s area offices in Ruyterwacht, Diep River and Brooklyn,” she says.

They will also be advertised in community newspapers and on websites such as Gumtree (www.gumtree.co.za) and the Communicare website (www.communicare.org.za).

“While our application criteria remains unchanged, we are committed to inclusion in our complexes and to reflecting the diversity of the city of Cape Town. All people are welcome as our tenants and we see that each new vacancy gives us an opportunity to integrate our tenant population,” says Houston.

Communicare allocates vacant units on a “first come first served” basis to applicants that meet the qualifying criteria for the available unit.

These criteria include consideration for the demographic profile of the complex and of Communicare’s overall tenant population.

However, a concerned woman says many of the seniors are not aware of this new process as they will only be informed when they go to the organisation’s office on 1 October.

“Many of the seniors are not computer-literate. This is a concern as I was told that in future they would have to look for vacancies by using the internet and this could impact negatively on the health and/or wellbeing of the seniors,” she says.

However, according to Communicare marketing manager Raymond Schuller the mediums chosen are easily accessible and free to members of the public.

“The new application process includes the option of completing the initial application process online.”

Schuller says people who do not have access to the internet can email rentalenquiries@communicare.co.za to find out whether any units are vacant. Alternatively, they can visit Communicare’s area offices to view vacancies on the noticeboards and apply

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