The government has shortlisted 35 construction companies to pilot construction of one million housing units in the next five years.
Housing Principal Secretary Aida Munano says 60 companies expressed interest in the project whose pilot would start next month in Mavoko, Machakos County targeting 8,000 low cost housing units.
Munano says the pilot will inform how the government moves on with the project starting with five towns namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kisumu.
The government has identified various innovative models on how to implement the mega project including land swapping or leasing public land to private investors,
Most county governments have mapped out areas for the project, although the national government insists that there should be public participation before actual construction starts.
Kenya has a housing deficit of about 200,000 housing units per year with an estimated 60 percent of urban residents living in the informal sector due to the shortage and escalating house prices.
Last year, Housing Principal Secretary Idda Munanu said government was planning to build one million housing units across the country within five years, in a slum upgrade project aiming to curb the increase of slums in urban areas.
She said the housing project in various regions will also offer employment opportunities for locals.
Housing PS says the government will embark on the ambitious housing project next year and will target informal settlements as the government seeks to curb slum growth in urban areas.
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