Cape Town to house evicted families in new Salt River development

2017-07-25 21:02
Brett Herron (Supplied)

Brett Herron (Supplied)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town plans to build a 42 room, 85 bed, “transitional housing project” for R11.1m in Salt River to house displaced or evicted families.

The Pickwick Transitional Housing Project will be located on city-owned land currently being used as a parking lot, on the corners of Pickwick and Copperfield roads, mayoral committee member for urban development, Brett Herron, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Those living in the facility will sign lease agreements and pay monthly rent based on what they can afford,” he said following a mayoral committee meeting.

The city would subsidise some tenants' costs via its rental indigent scheme.

“The development will provide households who have been displaced or evicted from their homes with temporary or semi-permanent housing while opportunities for permanent housing are procured.”

Social justice groups such as housing rights NGO Ndifuna Ukwazi, have for years been calling on the city and the Western Cape government to build affordable housing close to the CBD.

Herron said the development of the site showed the city had changed its approach to affordable housing.

The development would go ahead once the DA-led city council voted on the project during its sitting on Thursday. A time frame for its completion was not provided.

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