goeferdinge. Tuesday 12 July, 43 new-build homes will be located in the district Overpoort delivered in Goeferdinge. ‘The last phase of this project that provides an affordable and high-quality home for 108 families,’ says Mieke Dobbenie of the Social Housing Company Denderstreek.
Long waiting list
The waiting list in Geraardsbergen speaks for itself because, as in many other cities and municipalities in the area of operation of Social Housing Company Denderstreek, Geraardsbergen also has a long waiting time. 1,835 people have been waiting for years to find an affordable home in Geraardsbergen or boroughs. What’s more, 628 of these candidate tenants already live in Geraardsbergen and would like to continue living there. ‘With the completion of this project, this will soon become a reality for 25 candidates. They will soon be invited to look at the new-build homes and rent one. Who they are is determined by their place on the waiting list. The registration date, but also age and the fact whether or not they already live in Geraardsbergen play an important role. 47 prospective buyers will now also have the opportunity to purchase one of the 18 owner-occupied homes in rural Goeferdinge. They can also take out a loan for this with SHM Denderstreek’, adds Mieke Dobbenie.
New construction projects needed
The above figures make the shortage of quality and affordable housing painfully clear. And so new construction projects remain necessary to increase that supply. With the delivery of this project of 25 rental homes and 18 owner-occupied homes, SHM Denderstreek contributes to the Binding Social Objective (BSO) that Geraardsbergen must comply with by 2025. Even then, this will not be enough to meet the high demand.
Rent, buy, borrow
The rental properties are ready to move in and energy efficient. Rainwater is recovered as much as possible and solar panels have also been installed. They all have two bedrooms. The owner-occupied houses have 3 to 4 bedrooms. The buyer can finish the house inside to his own taste: doors, floors, tiling and kitchen can still be provided. A basic bathroom and toilets are available. Each owner-occupied home also has a garage and an enclosed garden with garden shed.
‘At the moment the environmental works are still in full swing and we expect that the first residents will be able to move into their new home in rural Goeferdinge from 1 October’, concludes Mieke Dobbenie.
For more information: www.shm-denderstreek.be