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Everything you need to know about government housing
Struggling to understand how to get a government house? We hope this guide helps you.
The government houses people using the following projects:
(1) Government subsidy housing
(2) Community Residential Units
(3) Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme
(4) Emergency Housing Programme
(6) Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme.
(5) Social Housing
To apply for any of these, you have to register with your municipality or provincial Department of Human Settlements. You will need to be over 18, and either a South African citizen with an identity book or card, or a foreign resident with a permanent residency permit. Different housing projects are designed for different incomes and so you may also have to provide proof of your monthly income.
Depending on where you are, you will be listed on a Municipal Housing Demand Database or your province’s Housing Needs Register. When new projects are built you might be allocated housing. Remember to keep your proof of registration. If you move let the department where you applied know so they can find you if your house becomes available.
Note: allocation of government built houses is complex. Each municipality or province has different systems for housing allocation, and so the information here is only a guide of what is available and how to apply. Each municipality has its own system for appeals, but each province’s MEC is allowed to review applications on a case-by-case basis. If your application gets rejected, try contacting your MEC of Human Settlements for help.