Advantages Of Self Help Housing

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Self –Help There seems to be a general agreement that self-help housing can be distinguished as the process by which communities that cannot access housing through conventional methods or formally, establishing themselves through the use of local resources and local skill base (see Turner, 1976; Ward 1982; Marias 1999; Pattison 2011). According to Turner (1976) self-help is a process through which the lower income households get access to housing. The key attribute of self-help housing is that it improves over time based on a person’s rising income and security (Davis, 2006). Self-help housing in this regard, can then be generally described as an incremental and affordable housing consolidation method for low income earning people who do not…show more content…
Building on Turner’s ideas, Ntema, (2011) among other advocates of self-help, views the self-help mechanisms as a possible alternative to the failing government-driven low-income housing program. Scholars such as Harms (1982) document that self-help was initially meant as a contingent plan to smoothen economic crisis after wars in Europe. In this regard recipients of housing assistance were to construct their own houses rather than the government providing them with complete and costly housing unit. Self-help housing was an ideal mode of housing delivery used to reduce government spending. Similarly, “self-help housing was introduced and implanted in South Africa in order to combat housing problems at minimum costs” (Bond, 2000). Self-help can generally be understood to have been recognized by scholars and reviewers of self-help as a housing model that would emerge and persist in places were housing subsidy assistance is limited or…show more content…
Engaging in self-building activities and contributing available housing inputs or resource by means of incremental transformation with reference to the household’s situation can be defined as housing consolidation. According to Bangdome-Dery (2014) self-build is described an economic use of labor power, or effort, in the form of the individual or by a group to build a certain project depending on either external or internal help or both, through technical ways without using institutional partnership. It can be used as a form or mode of self-help housing. Self-building can then be described as the intimate or hands-on engagement in the housing consolidation process individually or by groups. Although the self-builders may arrange inputs of housing consolidation from housing co-operatives, it’s highly likely that the self-builder would engage in the housing consolidation without any form of state or institutional support. Bangdome-Dery (2014) notes that amongst other African countries, Ghanaian low income self-build housing projects are mostly located in the sub and peri-urban development zones of inner cities and ‘rooted in the desire to realize new lifestyles in
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