By Nation Reporter
GOVERNMENT should come up with a policy that will allow poor people to buy houses from the National Housing Authority at a lower cost, says the Homeless Poor Federation.
National facilitator Anthony Mupeseni said the houses being offered for sale by the Authority were too expensive for low income citizens. “In Zambia there are few organisations that provide housing for the poor; so we need Government to come on board so that it provides housing for the homeless.
“The houses that the national housing committee is offering for sale are houses that no poor person can afford to buy,” he said.
He said a policy was needed for Government to provide low cost housing to the poor.
“Even if it’s on loan, they will be able to pay back in the long run,” he said.
Meanwhile, an organization known as the People’s Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia were finalising a partnership with the National Housing Authority for the construction of very low cost houses for the poor in society.
“We have had very positive discussions with the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Lusaka City Council and many other local authorities around the country,” said the organisation’s community programmes coordinator Melani Chirwa.
“Going by the collaboration we have had with different Government departments, we are making headways. This year, we are partnering with the National Housing Authority to begin constructing cheap houses,” she said.
She said she was glad that Government was ready to work with the federation.