Access to land needs to be addressed says UN Habitat

Written By: Nicholas Nduati

This is according to the UN Habitat which has formed a task-force that is advising the government on among others sustainable housing development and urban planning for the government to facilitate construction of 1 million new affordable homes by the year 2022.

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Kenya is bedevilled by an annual cumulative housing deficit of 200,000 units as more and more Kenyans flock urban centres for economic empowerment.

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With this leading to a proliferation of slums in major urban centres, the UN Habitat is warning that upgrade of slums at the expense of development of affordable housing will lead to creation more slums.

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With a majority of those unable to access decent housing being low income earners, the UN Habitat says the government should first address access to land as well as promote effective packaging of financing products in the housing sector.

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The agency says housing projects should be redesigned in a manner that creates job opportunities through among others inclusion of social amenities in the planning of homes.

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