Allocating Beneficiaries for Housing Opportunities
Housing demand and the allocation thereof to suitable beneficiaries has been a concern of Provincial and National Governments for some years. However, accurate beneficiary information is required not only for housing planning purposes, but also to run beneficiary selection processes for housing projects that are fair. It is against this background that the beneficiary selection process was borne.
1. Citizens needing housing assistance must approach the local municipal housing office to obtain and complete a registration form for a housing opportunity which can be in the form of:
- Obtaining a Subsidised House from Government
- Social Housing
- Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) Housing
- Obtaining a Serviced Site
2. The citizen gets registered on the municipality's Housing Demand Database to stand in line for becoming a beneficiary of the housing opportunity once it becomes available. This could be in the form of a housing project, public rental housing or available funding.
3. Municipalities continuously plan for housing opportunities in the form of housing projects. These plans are submitted to the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements for approval to which funding will be allocated to. Such a plan takes a while to draft and involves a feasibility study, an environmental impact study, integration with local facilities making sure it is close to schools, work and business opportunities and health facilities.
4. The development of the project can commence once the project plan is approved together with other approvals and funding allocation by the Western Cape Government such as land acquisition, servicing and site preparation.
6. These preliminary selected households' information is then captured from the subsidy application forms into the Housing Subsidy System (HSS) which does several checks against the Population Register, Deeds Office, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and other Government systems to ensure that applicants still qualify. Several rounds of beneficiary selection may take place, removing applicants who don't qualify, until all the housing opportunities have been allocated.
The municipality will then make contact with the shortlisted potential beneficiaries to determine whether they are still interested and to get them to complete subsidy application forms (in the event that the project is a Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing subsidy project). It is thus very important that applicants keep their details, especially their contact information, on the housing database up to date to ensure that they are easily contactable.
8. Once all planning and project approval processes have been successfully completed, construction can now take place. Projects are usually executed in phases where housing opportunities are handed over continuously until the whole project is complete and signed off.
9. Once complete, beneficiaries will be contacted to inform them that they may now take occupation of the residential unit. Please note that paperwork, such as title deeds, will occur in parallel. If the housing opportunity involves a rental dwelling, the applicants will sign a lease when taking occupation of the rental unit.