Housing Poverty in South Africa
- 695 people served in FY18
- 6,589 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: new homes, community development & advocacy
Based on the firm belief that decent shelter provides the greatest opportunity for families to break the cycle of poverty in SA, our self-funded office works in partnership with all stakeholders at all levels (from central government to local communities) to serve the poor and marginalised in the country.
Housing poverty in South Africa reflects the inequalities in wealth that still exist between the country’s rich and poor. Some homes rival the most imposing in the world; there are mansions, security villages, golf estates and neat suburban rows.
But tin shanties, slums and other ‘informal’ or squatter settlements blight most South African cities and towns. In 2010, there were some 2,700 slums, accommodating over 1.2 million households.Read more about housing poverty in SA
We are dedicated to the long-term and sustainable development of South Africa’s low-income housing sector. Using holistic interventions that emphasise a partnership approach to achieve safe, decent and affordable shelter, we focus on strengthening the well-being and future of families.
At the same time, we work on building the resilience and capacity of communities to improve and self-manage themselves overall living conditions and well-being for all residents.
We are ideally placed to have an impact on the development of sustainable and integrated human settlements across cities and towns in South Africa. In advocacy, we are currently championing the issues of community participation in informal settlement upgrading and formal housing developments.
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