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09/05/18TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IN URBAN REGENERATION PRECINCTS

NASHO and Equal Spaces, with the assistance of the Government of Canada, who is the major funder of the Equal Spaces Programme through Global Affairs Canada, host a 2 day workshop on the 7th and 8th of March 2018 around Transitional Housing in Urban Regeneration Precincts.

BACKGROUND

The provision of well-located transitional housing under sustainable management has long provided major challenges to urban regeneration in South Africa.  The provision of such housing, targeted at households living informally in the city or who have no viable alternatives after eviction, provides a significant challenge in areas where City regeneration efforts are focusing extending formal affordable residential opportunities while the chosen lands/buildings are illegally occupied.

The solving of this problem is very important in ensuring the rights of such households but also in releasing inner city land and buildings for formal development of social housing, creation of affordable rental housing and stabilisation of inner city areas. The South African Constitution and linked guiding Court judgements place an obligation on municipalities to provide at least temporary accommodation where such households do not have alternative accommodation.  This creates an urgency to tackle practical solutions to unblock development of these parcels while providing reasonable solutions to relocation of illegal occupants and development of affordable housing. In so doing, it is also critically important to consider the safety, security and other needs of women residents and their children.

In addition, the lack of a structured programme to provide financially viable permanent rental solutions for the lowest income households in developed urban areas has meant that often the transitional solutions become permanent housing for many households.

The attempts to deal with the municipal responsibilities as a result of Court judgement has resulted in a number of Metro projects that were poorly developed and managed and have failed to achieve their objectives.

This in turn resulted in further legal challenges to the metros on the quality of the units as well as management of such units. These challenges have often had perverse consequences of making metros reluctant to take action on poor quality and hi-jacked buildings.

Some metros, with commitment to the use of affordable rental housing in urban regeneration, are looking at different approaches to tackle this challenge and meet their legal responsibility by the development of viable and sustainable transitional housing models.  Development of such models will make an important contribution to facilitating urban regeneration with a fair approach to maintain housing access to low and moderate income households. The focus of such approaches is about not only the physical design, but also packaging both capital and operational financing, as well as the best approaches to management of the facility. A common goal is the opening of financially viable permanent solutions, well managed and provision of social supports that allow beneficiaries to “move-on” through a housing ladder.

Equal Spaces in conjunction with its municipal partners, NASHO and other stakeholders is holding a national workshop to bring together key practitioners working on these issues to look at potential practical solutions in precinct based planning of urban regeneration.

PURPOSE OF WORKSHOP

  • To clarify the meaning of transitional housing in the context of precinct based urban regeneration.
  • To help define and design pragmatic solutions to the provision of transitional housing linked to social housing development in Cities urban regeneration areas within the existing constraints of national policy, funding and financing supports.
  • To identify practical mechanisms that Metros, partners and stakeholders can structure to support these solutions
  • To identify the organisational ingredients required to make it possible to implement such projects.
  • To define collaborative action and best practices exchanges within and between Metros that can help deliver viable and sustainable transitional housing in urban regeneration areas in the future.
  • To ensure that the provision of transitional housing takes into account the differential needs of women and children.

 

Below are the presentations from the day:

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08/05/18TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATOR REQUIRED

TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATOR REQUIRED – 2 MONTH POSITION

NASHO wishes to employ an administrator on a 2-month temporary contract to cover for a staff member on maternity leave.  The person would work from the NASHO offices in central Johannesburg on weekdays between 08.00 and 16.00. The starting date is estimated for 1 June 2018. The person would be part of a small but dynamic team and would have to undertake the following activities.

ACTIVITIES AND TASKS

General Admin

  • Reception: welcoming visitors, answering phone
  • Monitoring and ordering any office equipment supplies
  • Office Equipment maintenance
  • Stationery control and ordering
  • Filing
  • Preparing of EFT Requisitions
  • Preparing and inputting into a new Contacts Data base
  • Scanning of documents
  • Email communication
  • Liaising with office cleaner, IT service provider

 

Meetings/Workshops:

  • Booking or preparing venue
  • Arranging refreshments for participants
  • Ordering lunches for in house events
  • Technical assistance with Learning Hub
  • Providing necessary documentation e.g. attendance registers
  • Tracking RSVPs, following up on responses
  • Learning hub bookings
  • Travel arrangements
  • Minute taking

 

WHO DOES NASHO NEED?

NASHO is looking for an experienced and committed administration worker with proven administration knowledge and skills who is able to work independently but also as part of a strong team.  An added advantage is experience in collecting contact details and adding these into a data base package.

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?

  • Providing administrative support in an exciting environment with a dynamic team
  • Space to use your skills and respect for innovation
  • A package of R10 000 CTC per month

 

IF YOU WANT TO APPLY

Please send a CV and a brief letter explaining why you are suitable for the position. This should be sent to employment@nasho.org.za by no later than Friday 11th May 2018

 

 

 

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16/04/18Mixed market Development Workshop

This past week saw NASHO and Equal Spaces, with the assistance of the Government of Canada, who is the major funder of the Equal Spaces Programme through Global Affairs Canada, host a 2 day workshop of Mixed Market Developments in Urban Regeneration Precincts.

BACKGROUND

South African Metros are characterised by spatial residential segregation based primarily on income and wealth.  Given the history of South Africa this is further layered with racial segregation. The challenges to change this are significant and require market interventions by government and other stakeholders.

To date the thrust of South African housing policy for low and moderate income households has emphasised ownership, informal settlement upgrade and a small programme providing affordable rental.  The BNG programme has produced substantial number of ownership units but few in well located parts of our cities, often leaving poorer households on the periphery of our cities with long and expensive commuting costs to access the socio – economic benefits of these cities.

The Metros face a further challenge in controlling urban sprawl and increasing densification to make more efficient and effective use of investments in land, infrastructure and public transportation networks.

A few Metros in South Africa are taking up these challenges and are intent on accelerating the pace and scale of affordable housing production while striving for socio-economic integration in their urban areas. Metros are using their resources to encourage mixed residential developments with particular emphasis on creating and preserving rental housing opportunities for low to moderate income housing solutions within well located city spaces. The spatial focus creates an emphasis on precinct-based mixed residential developments where well managed affordable rental housing spearheads urban regeneration. It helps stabilise inner-city areas and, in the longer term, protects spaces for low and moderate income households in areas of increasing property values.

The involved Metros are doing this through the use of the National Social Housing Programme which provides some of the key elements needed for successful market intervention and sustainability.  But more is needed from the Metros and critical is the use of government land resources to achieve the integration.

Use of such land and building assets are important levers for the Metros to achieve their socio economic objectives in the process of regeneration.  This involves not only strong spatial targeting, but also maximising the sustainable use of the asset through densification.  In many instances these higher densities involve construction of medium and high rise buildings. These buildings have much higher construction costs than walk-ups – the standard social housing rental product. The primary Social Housing subsidy instrument, the RCG grant, does not incentivise tower buildings nor is it adequate to provide a reasonable equity base to seek commercial lending to build tower buildings.

One approach to making up the funding gap is through cross-subsidisation in a mixed development on a single site or across a number of sites within a precinct.  In addition, this type of development has the potential to make truly economically integrated neighbourhoods and prevent the development of low income enclaves. Achieving these types of developments require different sorts of partnerships where mixed development business partnerships (SHIs and private developers) can join cities’ efforts to utilize residential development to activate economic growth in inner cities.

There are increased stirrings among some Metros to pursue this approach.  However, it is a very new ‘developmental’ space in South Africa and all involved have much to learn. It is therefore timely to bring together practitioners involved in pursuing well located mixed income residential development to share their experiences and challenges and through this develop learning ‘exchanges’. 

Equal Spaces, in conjunction with NASHO, Municipal Partners and other stakeholders, is holding a national workshop to bring together three Metros and key practitioners. All of them are working on mixed-market developments with social housing components as a mechanism to assist urban regeneration or inner-city revitalisation through economically integrated neighbourhoods.  The workshop is funded through the Government of Canada grant to Rooftops Canada for the Equal Spaces Programme supporting development of the Social Housing Programme in South Africa. 

 

PURPOSE OF WORKSHOP

  • To share practical definitions and how are precinct-based integrated neighbourhood development with mixed-market uses that includes social housing (not just stand alone social housing projects) starting to be encouraged in Cities.
  • To better understand the challenges and opportunities for economic integration through mixed use and mixed tenure residential development in better located parts of our cities.
  • To better define the linkage of this to the intent for cities densification, urban space re-structure, focussing investment in inner cities, nodal areas and transport corridors.
  • To explore the use of municipal land and building assets and, other incentives to assist in supporting dense residential development with affordable housing components.
  • To better understand the opportunities for financial cross subsidisation in high density mixed market site development to support long term preservation of low to moderate income housing.
  • To understand the role of Private Sector Developers in these efforts, explore the best types of partnerships between SHIs and Private Developers to deliver these products
  • To identify existing tools, practical mechanisms and organisational practice that support these approaches
  • To define collaborative action and best practices exchanges between Metros that can help deliver viable and sustainable integrated neighbourhoods as catalysts to urban regeneration

Below are the presentations from the two days:

 

We would like to thank all who attended and participated. 

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