Helping hand to build own homes

2017-03-21 06:02

As construction begins on the last four houses in the Mountain View housing project, residents of the nearby informal settlement will be given help.

The last remaining residents of Old Mountain View – living in informal dwellings – who are not beneficiaries of the housing project, will be given serviced plots and help to take out a bond to build their own homes. Just over two dozen sites have been made available for the informal dwelling residents, in terms of a part-subsidy, part-bank bonded programme that is available to beneficiaries who earn more than the maximum amount permitted for a full government subsidy, explains Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban ­development.

“In terms of policy, serviced sites have been made available. However, beneficiaries have not moved onto the sites yet as they are exploring other financial vehicles to help them to build their own formal houses,” he says.

Once the residents of the 13 informal homes relocate, the property will be cleared, Herron says. “With every resettlement to a formal house, the affected structure is cleared and the site is thereafter monitored by the City of Cape Town to prevent reoccupation. It will be cleared of all structures and will at a later stage form part of the Ocean View infill project,” he adds.

This is expected to take place by the end of June.

The last four units in the housing project are also set to be completed before the end of June, Herron adds. The total number of houses built in the project are 573, adds subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

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