City of CT plans to build transitional housing for the displaced

On Tuesday, the municipality announced a mixed bag of affordable housing options for the city centre, Woodstock and Salt River.

FILE: People illegally occupying emergency housing units in Wolwerivier near Atlantis have been evicted. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town plans to build its very first inner-city transitional housing project for people who've been displaced or evicted.

This would be a much closer option than the municipality's existing relocation settlement in Wolwerivier, situated some 30 kilometres from the city.

On Tuesday, the municipality announced a mixed bag of affordable housing options for the city centre, Woodstock and Salt River.

Transitional housing is a burning issue for a group of tenants in Woodstock who are facing eviction.

Affected residents protested at an Affordable Housing Conference where Councillor Brett Herron revealed the municipality's strategy.

Herron says he understands their concerns about Wolwerivier.

“The reality is that it is only the emergency or transitional housing that is currently available. But as I discussed in this morning’s conference, we are working to add additional sites so that there is a spread of transitional housing opportunities.”

Woodstock is a sought-after area for property developers because of its proximity to the Cape Town CBD.