Greening of Social Housing | WWF South Africa

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The food garden maintained by residents of the Boom Flats, Brooklyn, Cape Town.
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Greening of Social Housing

This project seeks to establish a basis for the systematic 'greening' of Social Housing on a national scale. At present, residential greening efforts are mostly for the affluent section of the population that can afford to invest in it. Other sections of the population, especially those that depend on Social Housing, are left out due to financial constraints.

Greening of Social Housing provides sustainable human settlements for households on low and moderate incomes (currently between R1 500 and R7 500). The challenge is to find financing approach versus the institutional arrangements in order to ensure the continued affordability of social housing for the urban poor. At present 45% of the rental payable by tenants can be ascribed to the utility bills, and increasingly tenants are leaving social housing because of their inability to service their bills.

A pilot project involving a retro-fit of an exisitng housing complex - the Boom Flats in the Brooklyn area of Cape Town - has begun, coupled with on-going tenant engagement and research that will demonstrate financial benefits to both tenants and housing institutions. This approach also presents larger social and environmental benefits to society.

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