Policy Brief 5 - Aligning Urban Housing Supply and the Unhoused Urban Population
The populations of major cities are increasing at an alarming rate mainly as a result of urbanisation. This growth presents challenges to aspects of city management, including the additional housing required to accommodate the growing number of unhoused city dwellers. Human settlements is one of the sectors affected by urbanisation, as households that have moved to the cities have to be provided with adequate and decent housing. To understand the extent of unhoused households in South African metropolitan municipalities, the Financial and Fiscal Commission undertook research on the extent of the housing gap
by comparing urban housing supply with the unhoused urban population.
The research also reviewed challenges with respect to housing funding programmes, particularly the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP). The study revealed that while housing gaps exist across all household income groups, this is most pronounced for those households earning less than R9000 per month, while qualifying beneficiaries who are single and without dependents are excluded by FLISP.
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