More than 300 residents attended a housing meeting hosted by local government in Eastridge on Saturday 14 April.The initiative was arranged by ward councillor, Solomon Philander together with the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements.The meeting at the Eastridge Community Centre saw the entities address housing subsidies, waiting lists and answer issues around the topic.“The response from the community was overwhelming with more than 300 people who attended the session. This is a real indication of the housing need in Mitchell’s Plain. The aim of this session was to answer questions around the different subsidies that are available to individuals,” says Philander.He adds that the meeting was a great success and allowed them the opportunity to discuss various options with the residents.“I have been in the ward for seven years and it was always a prominent issue. Many people are in need of housing but opportunities are not always available to them. Also many people say they want to wait for an RDP house, but that could take 20 to 30 years,” he says.He discussed housing subsidies including funding to aid residents who do not qualify for RDP houses or other grants.“It is clear that people are not aware of how these subsidies work and we could tell them about them,” he says.He adds that there have also been many cases of corruption in housing, where residents have paid people to help speed up the process of getting a house.“There is no short cut to getting a house. You must go to the council offices in Wale Street in Town. There are many people who exploit residents and promise houses in return for money,” he says. “Although people applied on the housing data base for a RDP or a rental house, the workshop was held to inform the community of other ways to get alternative opportunities with the available subsidies.” V For more information, visit the ward office in Town Centre, Taxi Rank Block A, first floor, or call 021 444 5814. Also call the Western Cape Housing desk on 021 483 6488 /0611/ 8984/ 0623/ 2060.