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Low-income earners receive another housing project

Published: Wednesday, 2013/08/21

Imizi Housing Utility is calling on all qualifying residents of Nelson Mandela Bay to apply for rental units in the new housing development called Fairview Link, in Restitution Avenue, Fairview. The project is currently under construction.

This is the second project by Imizi Housing, funded by the Department Of Human Settlements, for 368 new rental units. The first units are expected to be ready for occupation by February 2014. At the current rate of progress on the site and current favourable weather conditions, it may be possible to have the first completed units ready for occupation by the end of the year.

The project has been made possible with the support of the Port Elizabeth Land Restitution and Housing Association (PELRHA). Descendants of PELCRA members are encouraged to apply for units, provided they earn between R2 500 and R7 500 (inclusive) per month and meet the other qualifying criteria.

“The housing project is mainly for people earning less than R7 500 and more than R2 500. A total of 30% of the units will be reserved for those people who are descendants of Fairview Land Restitution beneficiaries. They however have to meet the qualifying criteria,” said Imizi Housing Utility CEO, Thamsanqa Ngcezula.

The qualifying criteria that an applicant should meet are as follows:

  • Must be a South African;
  • Must be a least 21 years of age;
  • Must not be owning or have owned and RDP house;
  • Must not be owning or have owned a FLISP house;
  • Must never have owned a bonded house or commercial/business property.

According to Ngcezula, PELRHA made the land available to the Home Market and Imizi Housing for the development and on-going management, respectively, of the social housing development. This land was earmarked for private and commercial development.

Since the project will be on the land claimed by beneficiaries we saw fit to reserve a percentage of the social housing project for them. The intention of building such projects, is to allow our low-income earners the same quality of living as those who are living in commercial units,” Ngcezula added.

People who stand to benefit will need to apply in September at the Imizi Office in Upper Dickens Street, Central.

The applicants will pay a non-refundable application fee of R150 and must bring the following documents :

  • ID of applicant and spouse/partner;
  • Birth Certificates of children and dependants;
  • Payslips of the past 6 months;
  • Bank Statement of the past 6 months;
  • Affidavits (if applicable);
  • IRP 5;
  • Personal Budget Form.

Ngcezula said they will be building two other projects in the near future, with one in Fairview and another one in Mt Croix.

Ngcezula cautioned those who do not qualify against using false documents and furnishing Imizi with false information, saying, “We found that some of the applicants who had been approved for the Walmer Link project had provided false information documents and we were forced to ask them to leave as Imizi is heavily regulated and tenant audits are done monthly by our regulator, Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA).”

For further infomation on the Fairview Link Social Housing project contact Imizi Housing Utility at 041 373 2194.

By: Lizeka Tandwa

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