Breaking the vicious circle

Even with a permanent job, there are seldom ways out of informal settlements. Leaving behind this kind of life succeeds in very few cases due to a lack of affordable living space. Limited alternative housing options are available as an intermediate stage in the transition to “better” housing and bank loans are often not granted.

Renting instead of buying

The majority of people in Namibia live in single houses or even huts. Even the poorest of the population prefer their own corrugated iron dwelling to circumvent the unpredictability of landlords. A lawfully secure rental housing market, as found in Germany, is uncertain in Namibia. That is why we build houses for rent, offering affordable, safe, and clean homes.

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.

Renting instead of buying

The majority of people in Namibia live in single houses or even huts. Even the poorest of the population prefer their own corrugated iron dwelling to circumvent the unpredictability of landlords. A lawfully secure rental housing market, as found in Germany, is uncertain in Namibia. That is why we build houses for rent, offering affordable, safe, and clean homes.

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.

Setting up a housing company

Housing! for Future establishes a housing company on-site for management of the rental houses. This way, leasing, maintenance, safety, and cleanliness can be ensured. The ongoing reinvestment from rental income surpluses enables further houses to be built so that the project is self-sustaining – help for self-help.

The gain for the economy in Windhoek through the project is clear: construction of new houses, new local jobs will be created, training of the workforce by skilled workers from Germany, exchange of experts starting at the stage of project implementation and the rise of a new population class – a chance for people from informal settlements

Setting up a housing company

Housing! for Future establishes a housing company on-site for management of the rental houses. This way, leasing, maintenance, safety, and cleanliness can be ensured. The ongoing reinvestment from rental income surpluses enables further houses to be built so that the project is self-sustaining – help for self-help.

The gain for the economy in Windhoek through the project is clear: construction of new houses, new local jobs will be created, training of the workforce by skilled workers from Germany, exchange of experts starting at the stage of project implementation and the rise of a new population class – a chance for people from informal settlements

Living and social environment

The house and its construction are the cornerstone – The environmental aspects are just as important, meaning the holistic view of the living space are taken into consideration. Thus, topics of the social environment such as the integration of cultural values quickly come into focus.

We offer a way out by building modern, comfortable houses creating a safe neighbourhood as living environment. This way, in accordance with the housing industry, we enable and give access to affordable rent and secure contracts. We create a living space which offers opportunities for the Namibian people.

Living and social environment

The house and its construction are the cornerstone – The environmental aspects are just as important, meaning the holistic view of the living space are taken into consideration. Thus, topics of the social environment such as the integration of cultural values quickly come into focus.

We offer a way out by building modern, comfortable houses creating a safe neighbourhood as living environment. This way, in accordance with the housing industry, we enable and give access to affordable rent and secure contracts. We create a living space which offers opportunities for the Namibian people.

Choosing the tenants

When choosing our tenants, we integrate local structures such as churches, social carriers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Social and cultural aspects are taken into account, as well as families with children and individuals living alone. This way, people from different types of households and age groups with low to medium income can find a safe place to live with us.

Choosing the tenants

When choosing our tenants, we integrate local structures such as churches, social carriers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Social and cultural aspects are taken into account, as well as families with children and individuals living alone. This way, people from different types of households and age groups with low to medium income can find a safe place to live with us.

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Enabling self-help/ Help for 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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