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Kenya to construct 12,500 affordable houses in Kiambu under a rent-to-own scheme

Each acre of land is projected to host a total number of 240 housing units with ample space set aside for greening, parking and children play areas.

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This is because Kenya is planning to construct 12,500 affordable houses in Kiambu County, a town found 11 miles from Nairobi City on the outskirts, under a rent-to-own scheme targeting the residents of the urbanized jurisdiction neighboring Nairobi.

The Country Government has already advertised for developers to put up the houses.

Kiambu Governor, Mr. Ferdinand Waititu said that they have invited the developers to present proposals to set up the houses on 50 acres of public land in Kiambu, Kikuyu, Limuru, Ruiru and Thika for locals.

“Kiambu County is proposing to undertake a 50-acre, 12,500 units affordable housing project by 2022 on government land where old houses will be demolished to pave way for the new units. Existing tenants will be given a unit each at no cost,” he said.

Mr. Waititu further said that Sh30m ($300k) will be spent on putting up 43 housing units for existing tenants at Thika Government Quarters near the stadium.

The quarters will be demolished to pave way for an industrial park.

“The proposed affordable housing project will be undertaken in the existing estates with adequate space for expansion, which contains old dilapidated houses and structures, as well as new sites acquired by the county government,” he explained.

According to  the World Bank, Kenya needs to build 244,000 homes every year in order to house its rapidly growing population and stem the growth of sprawling slums. However less than a quarter of the number of houses it needs are ever built per year.

Each acre of land is projected to host a total number of 240 housing units with ample space set aside for greening, parking and children play areas.

This initiative comes as Nairobi County proposes to break ground for 36,840 housing units in Starehe A and B, Park Road, Muguga Green, Shauri Moyo A, B & C and Makongeni estates.

The town’s proximity to the capital city makes it attractive for workers looking to avoid the hustle of long commuting hours to and from the Nairobi.

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