A new Arc on the horizon

Some of the residents outside their temporary homes together with The Arc Committee members.

Shouts of jubilation and excitement were expressed by a group of Wentworth residents who were previously living in a derelict building which was condemned by the eThekwini Municipality.

The families have now put this life behind them after the Department of Human Settlements erected temporary homes which can house the families for up to two years.  The department demolished the old building and the residents now await budget in April by the provincial government for the new housing project to start.

Speaking to the Rising Sun Newspaper, members of the Arc committee detailed the journey.  “The Department of Human Settlements were notified of the plea for housing by the residents. Upon visiting the site and witnessing the unlivable conditions, the residents were promised new homes, which were delivered. Temporary housing fitted with water and electricity facilities, private toilets, bathroom and bedrooms were erected for each family who have all moved in and are thrilled to have a clean, comfortable and environment while they await their permanent structures,” said committee member, Esmeen Usher.

Another committee member, Michael Koster said that it was not an easy journey to get these homes erected as residents from a neighbouring flat opposed the temporary homes. However, after the committee held a meeting with the residents and explained these were temporary homes and the situation these families were facing, they understood.

Chairman of the committee and a resident at the Arc, Naomi Lucas added, “ We were living for over six years in this situation due to many of us being unemployed or homeless, but we now have hope and look forward to our new permanent homes. There is a silver-lining for us Arc residents.”

Nadia Khan

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