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CAPE TOWN, South AfricaCAPE TOWN, South Africa
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Fuller Center for Housing Western Cape is faith-driven and Christ-centered, and promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need of basic housing in the Western Cape..

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

we could inspire all South Africans to help solve the housing crisis?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The overall South African housing backlog currently sits at 2.3 million housing units and for Cape Town the figure is approximately 450 000 units.The South African government continues to battle with a rapidly increasing housing backlog.As a Community based organisation, we are mindful of the thousands of families who will remain trapped in apartheid styled townships if NGO's do not make a contribution.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Fuller Center for Housing Western Cape is starting to build its first 100 homes starting in 2014. The Fuller Center for Housing Western Cape (FCHWC) will play a significant role in improving the existing homes in Bonteheuwel and many other townships by helping families to do improvements to their homes. We will also bring relief to the backyard dwellers in Cape Town townships, by replacing the wood and iron dwellings with brick structures, on the condition that the family staying in the home owns the land. The average cost of a house in townships, is way beyond what a back yard dweller can afford. The cost of land in Cape Town is exceptionally high, which causes working class families to become back yard
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A specific example is a family of eighteen people who live in a two bedroom house in Bonteheuwel, with a wood & iron shack in the backyard. FCHWC intends to build an additional two bedroom house in the backyard in 2014 to relieve the family's accommodation needs. The average cost of the additional housing would be $ 15,000 US.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The FCHWC has also planned to register a for profit company which will produce bricks and roof tiles, and which will assist with financial sustainability of the non profit organisation. In addition, an international cycle race, as well as an annual golf tournament will be planned every year to assist with the organisation's sustainability.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY is a similar organisation also founded by the same founder, Millard Fuller. Our organisation is committed to the principle not to charge any interest or make any profit on the costs relating to the provision of housing.

Founding Story

I was always aware of the critical need more decent housing for millions of families in South Africa, but I was not aware of a viable solution until I discover Fuller Center for Housing in Americus Georgia. I met James Long in Indianapolis, who was a member of Fuller Housing and he introduced me to the concept of building homes to the homeless at no interest and no profit. I was not sure that the concept could work until I read the literature. I registered a new NGO, a 501 (c) 3 in South Africa, called Fuller Center for Housing Western Cape, to start the work in 2014.