The oldest Social Housing Institution (SHI) in South Africa, Communicare has made its tenants feel uneasy by circulating a letter offering payment to tenants leave their units by the end of July.
CEO of Communicare Anthea Houston confirmed that indeed a letter has been sent out to their tenants but it is aimed at tenants in a certain category.
She explains that those not belonging to that specified category have nothing to worry about.
Any family whose rent is around 30% or more of their income don't need to be worried because nothing is going to change for them.— Anthea Houston, CEO of Communicare
We sent out a letter saying we would offer cash incentives if they choose to move out during the month of July... We want to make sure that the subsidies we are offering are reaching the right people.— Anthea Houston, CEO of Communicare
Also in the letter we have notified them that we will be doing an income assessment...— Anthea Houston, CEO of Communicare
Houston says Communicare has been criticised for allowing tenants who can afford to stay elsewhere to live in Commincare housing, thereby depriving those who are in need of these houses.
By doing income assessments they will be making sure that anyone who is deserving of the subsidy is given the opportunity, and those who don't, must pay their rent accordingly.
In the letter we said if you know this and you choose to leave, we welcome it because it's going to help more people get into decent housing.— Anthea Houston, CEO of Communicare
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