National Housing Enterprise denies allegations of sub-standard houses at Mariental

KEETMANSHOOP: The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) denied through the national media this week that its houses built at Mariental were sub-standard and unaffordable.

Residents of the town, however, are shocked at the prices charged for homes under the NHE’s Creditlink option.

Although this option forms part of the Mass Housing programme and utilises funds under this initiative, it is a continuation of the commercially-driven arm of the NHE through which houses are sold – mostly to qualifying civil servants – above cost.

This is unlike the Mass Housing programme homes referred to as ‘social housing’, which are subsidised by Government for up to 60 per cent.

These low-cost two-bedroom houses are designed for people who earn around N.dollars 2 500.

At Mariental, the low-income houses cost N.dollars 208 000 to build, but the recipient pays only N.dollars 91 000, or roughly N.dollars 600 per month.

The cost of Creditlink homes has become the talk of town since the completion and handover of 21 houses at the town late last December.