Though different countries have different definitions for affordable housing, it is largely the same, i.e. affordable housing should address the housing needs of the lower or middle-income households. Affordable housing becomes a key issue especially in developing nations like Kenya where a majority of the population isn’t able to buy or rent houses at the market price.
Most affordable houses come with a price though bringing in insecure neighborhood, Insufficient water supply coupled with dirty places not conducive for staying leave alone residing in.
Disposable income of the people remains the primary factor in determining affordability. As a result, it becomes the increased responsibility of the government to cater to the rising demand for affordable housing. The Government of Kenya has taken various measures to meet the increased demand for affordable housing along with some developers and stressing on public-private partnerships for the development of these units.
Kenyans are finding it hard to find some good housing whose rent can match the salary they earn per month. And with many of them earning less than 30,000 Kenyan Shillings, you can understand the challenge they face in balancing their income and demands. Additionally, rental prices keep increasing as the shortage of housing facilities keeps biting.
This urge for suitable affordable housing comes in prospect as Kenyan still waits for The government plan(The Big Four Agenda of December 12th, 2017) of delivering 1 million house units in their 5-years in power out of which, 20.0% were to be social housing while 80.0% were to be affordable housing. This promise has not yet come to play 3 years down the line as housing demand keeps on rising more so in Nairobi were by 2020 has 4,734,881 population of people residing in it.
We’ve investigated different areas withing Nairobi were one can find affordable houses with a secure neighborhood and conducive environment.
Affordable Areas Around Nairobi
It is one of the fastest-growing areas in the region due to its affordability as being the only town that is on the bypass. The fare to and fro the CBD is quite affordable for many.
A bedsitter goes for an average of 6,000 Ksh per month and one-bedroom costing between 13,000 Ksh – 16, 000 Ksh per month which is quite affordable for the most working-class majority.
This is one of the most affordable areas to leave in for the majority of people with formal housing apartment designs were one-bedroom can go for 9500 to 14,000 Ksh and where a bedsitter can range from 6000 to 9000 Kenyan Shillings
This is another estate that is not really populated and would be a good choice for those looking for cheap houses. A bedsitter could go for Sh7,000 whereas a one-bedroom house costs at least Sh11,000 on average.
The rest of the Areas are as follows: Donholm, Mlolongo, Ruaka, Rongai, Roysambu, Uthiru, and Kahawa Sukari/Wendani.
Some people have found a hack of Living near student area like (Kenyatta University Market Area) were rental charges are moderately low as compared to other areas, same can be applied for Landi Mawe (Railways Area) Were most Technical University of Kenya’s Student reside hence lowering the prices to accommodate the students.
According to the National Housing Corporation, Kenya has a cumulative housing deficit of 2 million units growing by 200,000 units per year being driven mainly by i) rapid population growth of 2.6% p.compared to the global average of 1.2%, and ii) a high urbanization rate of 4.4% against a global average of 2.1%.
This shows the level at which Kenyans are in need of a housing plan which will offer better and suitable housing options in the coming years