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Backyard housing: an essential part of the solution to South Africa’s housing crisis - a submission into the proposed new Human Settlements policy and Human Settlements bill Backyard housing: an essential part of the solution to South Africa’s housing crisis - a submission into the proposed new Human Settlements policy and Human Settlements bill
Isandla Institute, supported by a number of civil society partners, has produced a joint civil society submission, which addresses four key areas of intervention which we believe start to address some of the significant challenges facing the backyard housing market. These key areas include access to basic services for backyard residents living on both public and private land; tenure (in)security…
Enabling the Right to Build through Housing Support Centres (proposition paper) Enabling the Right to Build through Housing Support Centres (proposition paper)
Amid the growing discourse around self-build, especially in the context of fiscal constraints and the de-prioritisation of new large-scale public housing projects, there is an opportunity for self-build to be enabled and supported through Housing Support Centres, to tap into latent willingness and agency of communities for incremental top-structure consolidation. Based on the Enhanced People’s Housing Process (EPHP) as a…

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Urban Livelihoods

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