The National Association of Social Housing Oganisations – NASHO – was formed at an inaugural congress held in May 2002 and formally launched by the then National Housing Minister, Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele.
Who is Nasho?
Its primary objective is to assist to build a strong and sustainable social housing sector in South Africa with Social Housing Institutions at the heart of the delivery.
Collectively, our membership owns and/or manages approximately 32 000 units, providing subsidised rental accommodation for over 115 000 low-to middle income families throughout the country.
What does NASHO do?
To ensure that the Social Housing sector grows and is strong and sustainable NASHO provides the following services:
- Information and publicity about Social Housing
- Development of capacity of SHIs and other stakeholders
- Technical advice and assistance
- Developing innovative support projects
What we Do
Organisational structures also vary among SHIs as some are affiliated with or managed by municipalities, while others are independent not for profit organisations.
Unique histories, financial circumstances and focuses are also factors that contribute to the diversity of SHI experiences and sector challenges.
Despite their differences, SHIs share a common objective: to provide South African’s with affordable housing in thriving neighbourhoods in our cities.
Moreover, all SHIs must adhere to the same regulations and accreditation process governed by national legislation and regulations.
NASHO, given it’s in-depth understanding of both its members and the sector’s governing bodies, is an ideal intermediary to address challenges that exist in both policy and practice. By creating opportunities for dialogue, liaising with stakeholders and encouraging transparency, NASHO helps SHIs make sense of the political and regulatory landscape on the one hand, while helping governments understand SHI needs on the other.
While priorities change as South Africa continues to evolve, NASHO is the constant. NASHO staff and executive committee members have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on social housing including best practices determined through trial and error as well as tenant consultations.
International partners also add to NASHOs know-how by sharing their experiences developing exemplary social housing projects.
NASHO shares its expertise by hosting and participating in workshops, conferences, and study tours. The organisation is also pleased to make itself available to the media to share perspectives on the state and development of social housing.
In addition to engaging in government relations, NASHO seeks to improve public understanding of social housing. The Faces of Social Housing mobile exhibit tells the story of SHIs and how they not only improve neighbourhoods, but also change people’s lives. The exhibition features several portraits, information banners and a video where planners, architects and tenants speak about the value of social housing in their own words.
No formal education programmes in South Africa focus on social housing. What’s more, the 2010 closure of the Social Housing Foundation (SHF) meant the end of their Technical Services Support Programme and Public Sector Support Programme, which both provided valuable training opportunities. Yet the need for trained and knowledgeable staff is growing as South Africa’s young social housing sector continues to develop quickly.
In response to the resulting training gap, NASHO launched two initiatives: the Capacity Development Unit (CDU) and the Technical Services Centre (TSC).
making a Difference
To represent the legitimate interests of its member organizations by various means, including representation, advocacy, information provision and support.
To be the recognised representative of social housing institutions in South Africa, offering them a quality service.