Improve Cities

Social Housing assists to achieve economic integration of our Cities and make for denser and more vibrant city spaces

What Is Social Housing?

Social Housing aims to contribute towards restructuring South African cities through the provision of well-located and affordable rental accommodation for households on monthly incomes between R 1 500 and
R15 000.
The units are in medium or high density developments with rentals that are less than equivalent private flats in the surrounding area.
The Social Housing programme has its own national policy and legislation – The Social Housing Act 2008. Government provides a partial subsidy for the development of the rental stock.

The remainder of the capital costs and the cost of management of the stock is collected through affordable rentals paid by the tenants.

The stock is then owned and managed by non-profit Social Housing Institutions that are regulated by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority.

The provision of Social Housing permits low and moderate income households to live in areas of our cities which they otherwise could not afford. This gives them the opportunity for easier and cheaper access the socio economic resources of the city. Through this to take greater control of their livelihoods.

Our Members

NASHO serves its members with advocacy, information, and training. Maintaining strong links between NASHO and its members is a priority for the federation, in order to reduce the isolation of individual members and to ensure that services and information are widely available.

What are Social Housing Institutions (SHIs)

These are non-profit companies that facilitate the development and undertake the management of social housing stock. In order to qualify for the capital subsidy to own the stock the SHI must be accredited by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority and must report on a regular basis to the SHRA. The SHI cannot sell the rental units and must keep its rentals affordable to the targeted population.
While the main functions are the development and management of the stock aa number of SHIs also run community and neighbourhood projects that assist tenants and surrounding neighbours to tackle social and economic challenges in their areas.