How to know if you qualify for JHC's social housing solution

How to know if you qualify for JHC's social housing solution

When you’re looking to move out of home or your current living situation, you need to be prepared for the change – whether it’s because you have a new family, a new job or simply need a space of your own.

Finding the right place that meets your needs, wants, and budget is not an easy task. Especially when you live in South Africa, where the property market is significantly pricey, despite the reality that the majority of South Africans live paycheque to paycheque. This means that they’re denied access to the urban rental market as the rates are enormously high.

The only option left is to seek low-cost housing. It can be a difficult task for people who are not aware of where to look. Fortunately, social housing in South Africa is available and caters to the people who need it the most. The Johannesburg Housing Company is one of the few property organisations that offer social housing solutions to mid-to-low income earning groups.

If you’re in this earning segment and are looking for social housing in Gauteng, you’ve arrived at the right page. Keep reading below to learn more about how JHC is making housing affordable in South Africa and why considering JHC as your housing provider could benefit you. We’ll also share information to help you understand the qualifying criteria and how to apply to become a tenant at one of JHC’s properties. 

How does JHC’s social housing solution work?

Social housing is defined as rental accommodation partly subsidised by the government and developed to help people who earn between R1 500 and R15 000 per month. This is because the people from this income segment do not qualify and cannot afford to buy houses or the rental rates from the private property market. 

So, as a social housing company, Johannesburg Housing Company offers the lower-income earning group a chance to live in safe homes they can afford. We have more than 4,513 rental housing units wholly based in the bustling inner-city parts of Johannesburg. These units include bachelor apartments, single room and double-room flats as well as communal facilities. Our basic requirements include earning from the aforementioned income bracket, having dependants, not having previously owned property before, being a South African citizen or having a permanent resident’s permit. 

The qualifying criteria for JHC social housing solution

If you’re now certain that you want to be part of JHC and benefit from our housing solution, keep reading to learn our qualifying criteria to earn a spot at one of our community flat complexes. To qualify for social housing, you must: 

  • Have a household income between R1 500 and R15 000.
  • Be 21 years or older.
  • Have a clean credit record.
  • Be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have certified copies of birth certificates of people dependent on you financially.
  • Have a certified copy of your marriage certificate or divorce certificate.
  • Have a copy of a recent payslip, or an affidavit, if you’re unemployed.

How do you apply for JHC’s social housing solution? 

If you meet the above criteria, you have to complete a subsidy form available on our website. Once the form is completed, ensure that you meet the standard requirements as mentioned above and finally submit for processing. After this, you will receive communication on the progress of your application.

Final thoughts

Searching for a housing solution that meets your needs and affordability can be challenging in South Africa as the property market has high rates. But when you look in the right direction, you’ll find a solution made exactly for you, such as what we offer here at JHC for anyone who lives or wants to live in apartments in Johannesburg. So, if you’re part of the low income earning segment and are looking for a safe and affordable home to live in for yourself or your family, contact us today, and we’ll help you the best we can.