Plans for CT inner city transitional housing facility awaiting approval

The R11 million facility in Salt River paves the way for other social housing projects in the vicinity.

FILE: Woodstock residents, along with activists from lobby group Reclaim the City, picketing on the Searle Street pedestrian bridge above the Nelson Mandela Boulevard on 11 July 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Plans to build Cape Town’s first inner-city transitional housing facility for people evicted or displaced are now awaiting council approval.

The proposal was accepted by the City’s Mayoral Committee on Tuesday.

The R11 million facility in Salt River paves the way for other social housing projects in the vicinity.

At least 117 people are living in informal structures on the sites that have been earmarked for social housing in Woodstock and Salt River.

Councillor Brett Herron says that those in need of temporary accommodation can move into the proposed new transitional housing facility.

“And those families need to be accommodated in order to develop the formal social housing.”

If all goes according to plan, the facility could open by the end of the year.

“Development should take a couple of months and hopefully by the end of the year families will start moving into the site.”

The location is much closer than the municipality’s relocation site in Wolwerivier.