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Policy Name: Social Housing Policy for South Africa 2003

Open Policy Document Open Policy Document
This document has been opened: 10 399 times to date.
Date Of Release: 01 Jul 2004
Date Of Expected Review:
Date Last Updated: 15 Feb 2007
Policy Type: Draft policy
Policy Level: National
Department: Department of Human Settlement
Contact Name: Richard Thatcher
Phone Number: 012 421 1629
Fax Number: 012 421 1629
Directorate: Policy & Legislation
Contact Name: Richard Thatcher
Phone Number: (012) 421 1629
Fax Number: (012) 421 1629
Topics covered:
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Policy Precis:

The overall objective of this policy document is to create an enabling environment for the social housing sector to develop, grow, and deliver at scale. This policy document is an overarching document focusing on the basic principles, framework and institutional parameters required in the sector to ensure that viable, robust housing institutions are established and are operating in the sector. The housing institutions will be able to access different operational programmes under this policy, such as e.g. the medium density housing programme, for specific project development.

The specific objectives of the policy document are therefore: - To define key terms to ensure common understanding and synergy in the sector; - To lay down general principles for the social housing sector; - To define the legislative, institutional and regulatory environment in which the sector will operate; - To provide for a Government funding mechanism for the social housing sector to facilitate the specific targets noted in the policy; - To promote capacity building for the sector; and - To provide measures to encourage the sustainability and growth of the sector at scale.

Section Summary

  Section Number Section Heading Section Description
4 MARKET NICHE OF SOCIAL HOUSING National Parameters In Defining The Market Niche; Responding To Market Demand; Product And Quality; Tenure Security; Integrated Development
5 LEGISLATIVE, INSTITUTIONAL AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT Legislative Environment; Institutional Arrangements For The Sector: Social Housing Institutions; Roles and responsibilities of sector institutions/organisations and tiers of government. Social Housing Institutions Accreditation: Accreditation process; Local government support; Social Housing Accreditation Board; Accreditation criteria
6 CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE SOCIAL HOUSING SECTOR Capacity Building Of Housing Institution; Capacity Building Of Other Support Organizations; Co-ordinating Capacity Building Initiatives
7 FINANCE FOR SOCIAL HOUSING Capital Grants For Social Housing Projects: Basic objective of subsidising social housing projects; Institutional and project eligibility; Specifying the grant. SHI Capacity-Building Grants And Establishment Cost Grants; Tax Incentives For SHIs; Risk Mitigation Measures And Access To Credit: Accreditation process; Default risk insurance scheme; Complementary policy initiatives
8 POLICY IMPLEMENTATION: A ROLL-OUT STRATEGY Policy Implementation: A Roll-Out Strategy
1,2,3 Introductory Policy Objectives; Definition Of Social Housing; Guiding Principles For Social Housing
ANNEXURES Annexure A: Legislative Environment Affecting Social Housing Sector Annexure B: Step -Wise Diagram Of Social Housing Institution (SHI) Establishment And Accreditation Process Annexure C: International Social Housing Development

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