WHAT IS SOCIAL HOUSING?
Social housing is not RDP housing, it is rental accommodation for people who earn between R3500 to R7500 per month and therefore do not qualify for RDP housing or a housing bond. Social housing is partly subsidised by government and therefore this high quality accommodation is kept at low rentals. The aim of social housing is to provide affordable rental accommodation in neighbourhoods that are safe, vibrant and close to work, schools, shops and recreational facilities.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING?
- You must earn a regular income of between R3500 and R7500 per month.
- You must be a South African citizen or have permanent residence.
- You must be 18 years or older and legally competent to contract.
- You can be married or single with dependants.
- You must not have owned private property before.
- You must be willing to pay rental.
HOW CAN I ACCESS SOCIAL HOUSING?
This can be done by contacting individual social housing institutions in your area. In the Emalahleni Local Municipal Area, Emalahleni Housing Company is the only fully accredited social housing institution. Emalahleni Housing Company is also the largest social housing landlord in the Mpumalanga Province, managing over 1200 social housing units.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF SOCIAL HOUSING INSTITUTIONS?
- Develop and/or manage social housing stock.
- Comply with all applicable legislation and apply to be accredited by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority to become a registered social housing institution.
WHAT IS ACCREDITATION AND HOW DO I VERIFY THAT AN SHI IS ACCREDITED?
The definition of accreditation in terms of the Social Housing Act 16 of 2008 means the screening , evaluation , provisional and final accreditation by the Regulatory Authority that will, amongst other things, allow a social housing institution access to grants available under the social housing programme. The social housing regulations state that any social housing institution must be accredited by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA). SHRA regulates certain aspects of tenant management to ensure that tenants are well looked after and reap the intended benefits of the social housing programme but that they likewise support the programme by upholding their responsibilities as tenants.
Emalahleni Housing Company has achieved “FULL ACCREDITATION” status by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority.
In order to verify whether a social housing institution is accredited, you can request the SHI to present their accreditation certificate or you can verify this on the SHRA website, i.e. www.shra.org.za, where a list of accredited social housing institutions is available.