Department works on cleaning up housing needs register

Incredible housing needs register would soon be a thing when the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in Bokone Bophirima starts capturing data of prospective housing beneficiaries electronically, following a training programme of officials on housing needs register administration.

The training programme is part of the department’s effort to clean up the housing needs register and also to work towards establishing a single provincial register which will contribute to the national housing demand list. The three day long training which ended last week started in Mahikeng, will be rolled out to officials in municipalities across the province.

‘The housing needs register will be also be aligned to the human settlements development grant business plan in order to best capture and update the status of housing needs in each municipality, i.e. the total housing needs, beneficiaries registered project and the backlog that arise from regular updates”, said MEC Gaolaolwe.

The national housing needs register (NHNR) is a central database that offers households the opportunity to register their need for adequate shelter by providing information about their current living conditions, household composition & to indicate the type of housing assistance they require from government.

Households are also able to update their information to ensure that their details are relevant to their current situation. Records of households that have registered their need on other systems / waiting lists are received from provincial human settlement departments and municipalities.

Source: Government of South Africa