a stepped approach

a stepped approach to housing

Madulammoho pioneered what we call the "stepped approach to housing".

Based on demand-side affordability, Madulammoho developed a stepped approach to providing people with alternative housing options at different rental levels. Households then make housing choices according to their incomes.

how it works

The stepped approach demonstrates that as people are supported and their skills are developed, they are able to earn more and, as a result, their housing options improve. However if incomes decline, tenants may need to seek a 'reduced' alternative. In this model, whatever the case, households will at the very least have access to clean and safe accommodation options.

becoming a madulammoho tenant

Before a tenant is placed in one of our units, they have to undertake an extensive screening and workshop process so that they are aware of their responsibilities and rights as a Madulammoho tenant before they move in. This is to avoid confusion for tenants who question why Madulammoho receives government grants, but then still charges rentals to tenants. It is very important to clarify upfront that this is a rental model, and that the tenants will never own a unit. This is also to ensure that those benefiting from our services are South African citizens.

Madulammoho operates an anti-eviction policy. This does not mean that tenants are not encouraged to pay. In fact, rental payment is prioritized. But it does mean that all measures of assistance will be offered to tenants to help them meet their monthly payments. This includes linking tenants with the services of MES.

climbing the madulammoho housing ladder

Madulammoho tenants are able to climb up or down our housing ladder depending on their need. (Please note that due to high demand and low tenant turnover, reduced housing alternatives are limited to availability.)

shelter (daily/irregular income R0 - R800)

On the first rung of the housing ladder in the formal rental market is shelter. This is for people earning a daily income (car guards, rubbish collectors, painters, gardeners, etc.) who have no bank account, and for all intents and purposes are nomadic or migratory. They may have moved into the area for short-term work, and providing shelter for them means they will not end up on the streets or in slum housing. Shelter is the least recognized form of accommodation, but it is also the most needed.

Madulammoho is not currently running a daily shelter project, but we do operate a 100-bed emergency shelter space on the ground floor of the new europa. The shelter is for emergencies only and provides bed space for up to 100 people for a 72-hour period (until alternative accommodation can be found). This accommodation is provided by us free of charge.

transitional housing (monthly income R500 - R1200)

This is a housing arrangement that is often misunderstood. Transitional housing is not a decant facility and is not a permanent arrangement. It is the first formal step up from shelter accommodation in that there is an official lease agreement in place for up to 24 months. Transitional housing is usually temporary in the form of shared accommodation with shared rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.

The idea is to provide people with training, equipping them for improved employment opportunities so that they can move on to more stable housing. Our transitional housing tenants pay a deposit and rent the actual bed space. It looks the same as a shelter, but the bed, locker and wall belongs to the individual tenant. There are four beds per room (divided into male and female rooms) with communal kitchens and showers.

Our transitional housing tenants can expect to pay between R180 and R220 per month, plus water and electricity. (Madulammoho has installed pre-paid electricity meters on each floor and the monthly usage is divided by the number of people staying there.) Transitional housing also comes with 24-hour security and cleaning services.

All of Madulammoho's buildings include some transitional housing because our experience is that it is a good idea to keep a mix of different income earners in each building.

communal housing (monthly income R1200 - R2500)

Communal housing features a single-room unit with shared ablutions and communal kitchens. Our communal tenants sign a lease for the unit and can choose who shares the room with them (or not), although this housing option has a maximum limit of two adults and two children per room.

Our communal housing tenants can expect to pay between R500 and R950 per month, plus utilities.

social housing - self-contained units (monthly income R2500 - R7500)

Our social housing units are typically either bachelor flats with a bathroom and kitchen or two- or three-bedroom units with their own kitchen and bathroom.

Our social housing tenants can expect to pay between R950 and R1200 per month, plus utilities.

market rentals (monthly income above R7500)

Market rentals are provided by the private sector for those earning above R7500 per month. As a registered Social Housing Institution, Madulammoho does not provide market rental housing.

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