Breaking the vicious circle

Even with a permanent job and stable income, good-quality housing is still out of reach for many people in Namibia. For one, there is hardly any affordable housing. Also, too few housing types are provided for people to be able to transition to better-quality and safer housing, and mortgages are often not granted.

Renting instead of purchasing

When given the choice, most people in Namibia prefer to reside in their own self-built housing to avoid the arbitrariness of landlords, and because affordable and well-constructed (rental) housing is difficult to obtain. A legally secured rental housing market like the one in Germany does not exist in Namibia. That is why H!fF has made it its aim to build houses for rent and thus offer affordable, good-quality accommodation in safe neighborhoods.

Renting instead of purchasing

When given the choice, most people in Namibia prefer to reside in their own self-built housing to avoid the arbitrariness of landlords, and because affordable and well-constructed (rental) housing is difficult to obtain. A legally secured rental housing market like the one in Germany does not exist in Namibia. That is why H!fF has made it its aim to build houses for rent and thus offer affordable, good-quality accommodation in safe neighborhoods.

People live in absolute poverty in informal settlements often facing the danger of sickness and child mortality as well as being in constant fear of assault and crime. People in informal settlements are often victims of gang violence.

Economic and social benefits for local residents

The benefit of the project for local residents and the economy in Windhoek is clearly visible: the creation of new jobs and on-the-job training measures, the construction of houses for rent, and the possibility for residents to be involved during every step of the process. Housing! for Future has established a local housing company to manage the rental homes. Through the ongoing reinvestment of the surplus rental income, further houses can be built so that the project is self-sustaining.

Economic and social benefits for local residents

The benefit of the project for local residents and the economy in Windhoek is clearly visible: the creation of new jobs and on-the-job training measures, the construction of houses for rent, and the possibility for residents to be involved during every step of the process. Housing! for Future has established a local housing company to manage the rental homes. Through the ongoing reinvestment of the surplus rental income, further houses can be built so that the project is self-sustaining.

Living and social environment

Houses and their construction are the foundation of any housing project. However, the environment in which they sit in is just as important. A holistic view – socially as well as culturally – is more likely to prevent issues, i.e. with the acceptance of the project by local residents, and ensure its success.

Living and social environment

Houses and their construction are the foundation of any housing project. However, the environment in which they sit in is just as important. A holistic view – socially as well as culturally – is more likely to prevent issues, i.e. with the acceptance of the project by local residents, and ensure its success.

Choosing tenants

When choosing tenants, H!fF relies on the help and advice of local bodies such as churches, social carriers and non-governmental organizations. Families and singles from informal settlements with varying social and cultural backgrounds and age groups can find a safe place to live with H!fF, independent of their income.

Choosing tenants

When choosing tenants, H!fF relies on the help and advice of local bodies such as churches, social carriers and non-governmental organizations. Families and singles from informal settlements with varying social and cultural backgrounds and age groups can find a safe place to live with H!fF, independent of their income.

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Enabling self-help

Housing! for Future empowers people to help themselves. Living in rented houses promotes individual responsibility and sparks the wish to maintain the status quo. It’s an opportunity for people to permanently leave the informal settlements and move to an affordable and safe place.

The rental concept of Housing! for Future:

  • A fair and social tenancy with standards from the German social housing industry.

  • An affordable rent which does not exceed about 1/3 of the income and therefore is significantly lower than the comparable market rent. This means that our tenants with a monthly income of 12,000 NAD, pay 4,000 NAD for a house (approx. 50% of the current market rent).

  • A rented apartment as an alternative to residential ownership which is simply unaffordable. Moreover, access to loans is made extremely difficult as they are only granted for a relatively high-income group.

  • Our lease agreements provide tenant protection and create a safe living space.

  • Our neighbourhood manager, contact person for all tenants, deals with cleanliness and order, safety, and maintenance.

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