Work on more than 1000 houses is set to begin in Beacon Valley by next year.The Beacon Valley housing project will see 1800 houses being built in the area, which will cater for low-income households.“Civil construction is anticipated to begin in February next year,” says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development. “Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing is planned for this development. BNG housing is state-subsidised housing intended for beneficiaries who are registered on the City’s housing database and who have a monthly income of less than R3500,” says Herron.At this stage the proposed budget for the housing project is around R310m. No date for the completion or commencement of the housing project has been provided.Ward 79 councillor, Solomon Philander, says he will host a meeting around the housing project soon.This follows his last meeting, where he discussed housing with residents (“Housing meeting well attended”,24 April).Philander also discussed the various options for residents who may not qualify for these houses.These include the following: . Individual Housing SubsidyThis subsidy value is R168 000 and can be used to buy a house, buy a house on a plot-and-plan basis or finish an incomplete house. Individuals applying for this subsidy must have been on the housing database for 10 years or more and must not have a combined income of more than R35 000. . Finance-linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP)This subsidy can be used by first-time homeowners to purchase a property. The subsidy is provided based on an income bracket of R3501 to R15 000 and the subsidy ranges from R20 000 to R87 000. This subsidy makes housing more affordable. . Enhanced People’s Housing ProcessThis subsidy is available to a group of residents in a community who are registered on the housing demand database who are willing to partner and approach the department for the subsidy through a housing project. This is for first-time homeowners with a monthly household income of less than R3500. . Social Housing SubsidyThis subsidy allows applicants to access rental stock. The funding is provided to social housing institutions to manage the rental units. You must be on the housing database with a household income of R1501 to R7500 to qualify for this subsidy. Potential applicants must approach the local municipality to find out the location of the social housing projects to qualify.“This engagement was necessary as our community members, who are in desperate need of housing, are time and again exploited by opportunists who ask the community for money, with the hope that they will get a house. People fork out R5000 for assistance to apply for subsidies or promise of a home. I would like to appeal to the community not to fall for these scams again. Make use of the 27 Wale Street office for information about subsidies,” says Philander.