Resources for affordable housing
COVID-19 Responses Collection
This page forms part of the COVID-19 Responses Collection.
Here we present publications and guidelines for affordable housing.
❕ denotes new resources added.
Publications, articles and blog posts
- Affordable housing as a response to Covid-19. Davis (April 2020) in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, highlights the urgency for affordable housing at scale – not only for this emergency but also for the prevention of future pandemics from tearing through poor urban communities and to resuscitate economies decimated by the disease.
- "Covid-19 demonstrates just how interconnected the world really is... An uncontrolled pandemic in the slums of Africa and Asia is as much the world’s problem as one in Italian ski resorts or downtown New York. Our collective response must support those on low incomes for the benefit of us all."
❕ Covid and housing – amplifying the need for solutions In this blog Melzer and Rust discuss the need to focus on specific interventions for South Africa’s affordable housing market to make households more resilient in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
❕ Covid-19 and housing – strategies for resilience in South Africa Melzer and Rust (2020) "discuss the need to focus on specific interventions for South Africa’s affordable housing market to make households more resilient in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic."
❕ Covid-19 and rent: What the lock-down means for landlords and tenants In this webinar, Chris Botha (CNBC Africa, 2020) is joined by Steve Brookes (Balwin Properties), Carl van den Berg (Private Property) and Michelle Dickens (Tenant Profile Network) to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 crisis and the housing market that is not only experiencing a decline in prices, but also sale volumes.
❕ Covid-19 in South Africa – An overview of the NGO funding situation and fundraising efforts This website highlights the fundraising efforts of NGOs with regard to their Covid-19 related interventions.
❕ The Covid 19 pandemic as an imperative for pragmatic and sustainable solutions to the affordable housing and urban development challenges in Africa Gumbo (2020) outlines the inherent risks that the Covid-19 pandemic poses to a vast majority of African people who live in informal settlements. He discusses the role that Shelter Afrique and other related African built environment stakeholders have in providing innovative solutions to the affordable housing and urban development challenges in the region.
❕ “Housing, the front line defence against the Covid-19 outbreak,” says UN expert In this blog post by Africa Housing News (2020), Fahra expresses her concern about two specific population groups: those living in emergency shelters, homelessness, and informal settlements, and those facing job loss and economic hardship which could result in mortgage and rental arrears and evictions. She urges countries to "take extraordinary measures to secure the right to housing for all to protect against the pandemic."
❕ Measures taken by Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries to counter the effects of Covid-19 in the Housing Sector This report "illustrates measures taken by countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region, to counter the effects of Covid-19 in their housing sectors. [It specifically] sets out measures relating to leasing or rental, and to mortgage credit." (Minurvi, 2020)
❕ State of disaster: what is Covid-19 teaching us about housing in Africa? "The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the persistent state of disaster facing a majority of households across the continent, whether they live in informal settlements, tenement blocks, inner city buildings, lower-income townships, and whether they rent, or own, or share. At the most basic level this has to do with households’ access to water, sanitation, electricity, food security, tenure security, and the ability to achieve sustainable livelihoods, not to mention space to make social distancing possible. These are not new crises that households are facing; they have persisted and been left unresolved forever." (Rust, 2020)
❕ Stay home: what does Covid-19 mean for affordable housing in Africa? Rust (2020) highlights the inability of households in informal settlements to cope in their current inadequate housing conditions. "Informal structures," she says, "are often poorly ventilated and overcrowded – a recipe for infection. The informal settlements in which they exist are dense, with extremely limited access services and health facilities."
❕ Unpacking the potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the South African economy and the housing sector In this blog post, Lockwood (2020) sets out an approach to considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the South Africa economy. He emphasizes the importance of housing construction in responding to this pandemic.
- "Prohibit evictions and the threat of eviction (e.g. legal notice to evict) due to arrears of rental, mortgage or utility payments during the pandemic period and for a reasonable period thereafter."