Process for elderly to apply for council-owned homes explained by metro

In the article “Metro housing an option for elderly”, metro spokesperson Themba Gadebe explained how council-owned housing could be a cheaper option for those looking for affordable accommodation.

The process of applying for such housing is explained below.

Who qualifies to stay in council-owned housing?

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Applicants applying for a pensioner’s unit must be 60 years and older and should be in a position to look after themselves because these are self-caring units.

What do potential applicants need to bring when applying for housing?

When applying for accommodation, the elderly applicants are requested to submit:

• Certified copy of their identity document

• Statement from Sassa indicating that they receive a pension

• Proof of residence

• Certified copy of their divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate (if applicable)

• Three months’ bank statements (if applicable)

Where must they collect the forms and where must they submit them?

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Applicants can collect the application forms from any of the Customer Care Centres (Human Settlements offices).

How long will it take to hear if their application has been approved or not?

The waiting period for single pensioners is two to three years, due to high demand.

However, applicants must renew the application every year.

The waiting period for couples is approximately eight to 12 months.

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