Unsuspecting people on the housing waiting list are being targeted by fraudulent people who promise to help them jump the queue.
THE City has warned residents of fraudsters who collect money from people applying for houses with a promise of helping them jump the housing waiting list.
MMC for housing Ruby MathangBeware of fraudsters, says MMC for housing Ruby MathangA complaint was forwarded by a group of Soweto residents to the Office of the member of the mayoral committee for housing, Ruby Mathang.
In response, Mathang issued a statement saying: “Applicants are offered assistance with application [for] a Housing Subsidy Scheme and upon approval are misled into believing that the reference number is an allocation to a specific house.
“We urge any person or residents who have information to come forward so that we can take strong action against these organisations and avoid unnecessary raising of expectations.”
The City spokesperson, Virgil James, added: “The housing database lies in the hands of the provincial department of local government and housing, not of the City. No-one has the power to change names on the housing list.”
James said the number of houses allocated each year varied, depending on the budget allocated and the number of people targeted. “In a year the City can build 200 to 500 houses.”
According to the Department of Housing, the process of applying for a government subsidised house is:
The applicant applies for a project linked to the subsidy through the Housing Subsidy Scheme which is administered by the national Department of Human Settlements.
The applicant is given a reference number, which is reflected on a demand database receipt.
On meeting the criteria, the applicant is then entered into the demand database for approval.
When the housing project construction begins, the successful beneficiaries from the targeted project area are formally informed.
The applicant will thereafter be allocated a house by a housing official only.
The spokesperson for the Gauteng department of local government and housing, Motsamai Motlhaolwa, said people were welcome to check their names on the housing database. “We are open Monday to Friday. Residents must bring their ID documents, reference number and C form.”
A C form is issued after a person applies for subsidised housing.
The department’s offices are on the corner of Commissioner and Sauer streets, in downtown Johannesburg. It can be phoned on 011 355 4028.
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