Gov’t to build 1 million housing units in slum upgrade project

Written By: Benson Rioba

The government plans 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.

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Housing Principal Secretary Idda Munanu says the housing project in various regions will also offer employment opportunities for locals.

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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.

It is with this view that the government intends to fill the deficit by constructing one million units across the country in a slum upgrade programme.

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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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Besides providing cheap housing for Kenyans the project is expected to provide employment opportunities for locals as well as spur growth in the housing and manufacturing sectors.

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