An initiative of the German real estate industry

Together against informal settlements in Namibia

Together we are helping transforming our experience into change, enabling people to live better lives through our own knowledge and actions – that is our common goal. Major companies as well as important people in the German real estate industry joined forces in 2019 to establish the idea of social housing in Namibia and to create an affordable housing alternative to informal settlements.

Our Team

On a solely voluntary basis and beyond company boundaries, more than 30 volunteers are now committed to our good cause. Together we acquire donations for the realisation of the projects, build houses, analyse and control the aid processes from Germany. We also set up a Namibian housing company, train employees for their work in Namibia and in that way provide help for self-help.

Dirk Metzner

Doing good besides work, a matter of course for me

Jenny Nußbaum

It’s great that I can change people’s lives with my experience

Frederik Lang

Making self-help accessible, that is the only way to support sustainably

Isabelle Teister

That’s a whole different perspective on the topic of “living”

Nicole Rothermel

It’s always more fun together, awesome team!

Alexander Dieterle

Getting insights into the structural development of a NGO is super exciting

Eva Schneider

Big companies are coming together to help – that’s something we can be proud of

Swantje Quelle

The professional exchange with Namibia is so enriching and brings so much joy

Andrea Teister

Great addition to my job, everything around the topic of real estate

Peter Foißner

Implementing a project like this from Germany is quite remarkable

Steffen Funnekötter

I have been to Namibia several times and know that help is urgently needed there

Sven Kemmerer

The pictures of the living conditions in informal settlements deeply shocked me

Christian Wedler

Companies that otherwise tend to be in competition with each other are working together, chapeau!

Laura Spahn

I work for H!fF in project management, a lot of work besides my job – but it’s worth it

Anna-Sophia Ressler

A great project and a motivated team – the key to success

Hanna Albrecht

H!fF is a very special way for me to help and give people a new, safe home

Dirk Metzner

Doing good besides work, a matter of course for me

Jenny Nussbaum

It’s great that I can change people’s lives with my experience

Frederik Lang

Making self-help accessible, that is the only way to support sustainably

Isabelle Teister

That’s a whole different perspective on the topic of “living”

Nicole Rothermel

It’s always more fun together, awesome team!

Alexander Dieterle

Getting insights into the structural development of a NGO is super exciting

Eva Schneider

Big companies are coming together to help – that’s something we can be proud of

Swantje Quelle

The professional exchange with Namibia is so enriching and brings so much joy

Andrea Teister

Great addition to my job, everything around the topic of real estate

Peter Foiner

Implementing a project like this from Germany is quite remarkable

Steffen Funnekoetter

I have been to Namibia several times and know that help is urgently needed there

Sven Kemmerer

The pictures of the living conditions in informal settlements deeply shocked me

Christian Wedler

Companies that otherwise tend to be in competition with each other are working together, chapeau!

Laura Spahn

I work for H!fF in project management, a lot of work besides my job – but it’s worth it

Anna-Sophia Ressler

A great project and a motivated team – the key to success

Hanna Albrecht

H!fF is a very special way for me to help and give people a new, safe home

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Our Managing Directors

Like all team members, the directors also work for Housing! for Future on a voluntary basis. They are responsible for the scheduled implementation of projects and shareholder resolutions. With the volunteer teams, donations are collected, projects are acquired, cooperating companies are sought, contracts are negotiated, budgets and their use are monitored in order to use all entrusted funds safely and sustainably.

Together we stand up for our goals!

Stefan Bürger

Housing is a human right! After many decades of experience in the housing industry, we know what constitutes safe housing.

Konstanze Ebert

Housing helps! We create affordable housing in Namibia as an achievable and sustainable opportunity against informal settlements- because everyone deserves a safe home.

Dieter Kasten

I have seen the misery of the informal settlements several times. Giving people hope for a better, healthy life and opportunities for advancement is my motivation. It is worth it!

Bernd Sommer

Where else but directly on-site? – Where people’s need is greatest, we want to help, locally! With a long familiarity in the global real estate business, it is both an honour and an obligation for me to get engaged directly.

Our advisory board

The advisory board, which also works on a voluntary basis, was formed as a competence extension and supervisory body in the Housing! for Future. Renowned figures from large German housing companies, research and the construction industry enrich all decisions of our company with their expertise, in addition to the shareholders. In addition to this broadening of decision-making perspectives, they also provide support in acquiring donations through their large network.

Klaus
Niewöhner-Pape

We will only be able to live in peace if no one is left behind. Housing! for Future makes an important contribution to this.

Dr. Thomas
Hain

NHW wants to establish the German housing industry’s thought in Namibia too!

Albert
Ten Brinke

The country and its people have truly deserved our support, that is what we aim to do with this project.

Prof. Dr. Karl-
Werner Schulte

Learning from each other and with each other – making self-help accessible to create adequate housing.

Thomas
Wagner

Giving families a stable home is an important investment in their future.

Much has already been achieved
Let’s continue to help together

Our donation account: IBAN DE76 5005 0201 0200 7035 10

Our donation account:
IBAN DE76 5005 0201 0200 7035 10

957.000

Two subsidiaries are established in Namibia

Enabling people to help themselves does not work by only building houses. The idea of housing with affordable rental housing as an achievable solution between informal settlements and home ownership is to be experienced and lived in Namibia, and at the same time create jobs.

Housing! for Future is founding two companies in Namibia, one that holds the ownership of the houses and one that takes over the management of the houses. This ensures that a donation made helps safely and sustainably in Namibia, independent of the managing company.

Property Company (PropCo)

As a 100% subsidiary of the German Housing! for Future, the Property Company (PropCo) is the Namibian developer and owner of all the houses being built. The rental surpluses remaining after deduction of operating and administrative costs are fully reinvested in new houses – thus every donation investment has a sustainable effect.

PropCo operates on a non-profit basis, has no direct business operations and is the value-added company in Namibia. To protect this (real estate) value from operational risk, PropCo leases the houses to a second company, OpCo, via a general lease agreement.

Property Company (PropCo)

As a 100% subsidiary of the German Housing! for Future, the Property Company (PropCo) is the Namibian developer and owner of all the houses being built. The rental surpluses remaining after deduction of operating and administrative costs are fully reinvested in new houses – thus every donation investment has a sustainable effect.

PropCo operates on a non-profit basis, has no direct business operations and is the value-added company in Namibia. To protect this (real estate) value from operational risk, PropCo leases the houses to a second company, OpCo, via a general lease agreement.

Operativ Company (OpCo)

The Operative Company (OpCo), the second 100% Namibian subsidiary of Housing! for Future, manages the PropCo houses through a general lease agreement. As an operating company, it is the visible player on the local market and creates jobs in the areas of letting, commercial and technical property management, and accounting.

OpCo staff acquire tenants from the informal settlements, conclude secure tenancy agreements, carry out settlements and are reliable contact persons for the residents. Another important employee in the housing estates is the neighbourhood manager, who lives close to the tenants in the neighbourhood and takes care of maintenance, security, and cleanliness, as well as providing support in renting.

Operativ Company (OpCo)

The Operative Company (OpCo), the second 100% Namibian subsidiary of Housing! for Future, manages the PropCo houses through a general lease agreement. As an operating company, it is the visible player on the local market and creates jobs in the areas of letting, commercial and technical property management, and accounting.

OpCo staff acquire tenants from the informal settlements, conclude secure tenancy agreements, carry out settlements and are reliable contact persons for the residents. Another important employee in the housing estates is the neighbourhood manager, who lives close to the tenants in the neighbourhood and takes care of maintenance, security, and cleanliness, as well as providing support in renting.

Secured donations – avoid corruption

For our charitable society, security, and the purposeful use of donations and thus the avoidance of corruption has top priority. Therefore, Housing! for Future has developed and adopted a comprehensive set of rules consisting of investment guidelines, business, procurement, and competence regulations, as well as IT and data protection guidelines, among others, which apply equally to the German and Namibian companies.

The management acts within the framework of this set of corporate governance rules, with the advisory board and shareholders’ meeting, constantly monitoring, and approving fundamental decisions and changes. Compliance with these regulations in the Namibian companies is closely monitored. For example, in the initial and start-up phase, the German managing directors will also play a key role in managing the Namibian companies

Secured donations – avoid corruption

For our charitable society, security, and the purposeful use of donations and thus the avoidance of corruption has top priority. Therefore, Housing! for Future has developed and adopted a comprehensive set of rules consisting of investment guidelines, business, procurement, and competence regulations, as well as IT and data protection guidelines, among others, which apply equally to the German and Namibian companies.

The management acts within the framework of this set of corporate governance rules, with the advisory board and shareholders’ meeting, constantly monitoring, and approving fundamental decisions and changes. Compliance with these regulations in the Namibian companies is closely monitored. For example, in the initial and start-up phase, the German managing directors will also play a key role in managing the Namibian companies

Achieve sustainable self-help against informal settlements with us!

With every euro you provide opportunities: our initiative is financed exclusively by donations, and we all work on a voluntary basis. Due to the solid, professional, and considerate structures in Germany and Namibia, our initiative is unique and allows donations to have a sustainable impact in many ways.

  • Residents are not left alone after moving out of informal settlements, the housing company ensures security and support.

  • Creation of new jobs in Namibia.

  • Establishment of rental housing as a long-term affordable alternative between informal settlements and ownership.

  • Through further donations and the reinvestment of surpluses, new projects and rental houses for people from informal settlements are constantly being created.

  • By using local resources and innovative building materials, the environment and climate are maximally protected.

  • Cooperation with local companies, authorities, aid organisations and supporters ensure that needs are met and promotes the Namibian economy.

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