Assessment on the Socio-Economic Composition of Condominium Housing Residents and Views Towards the Quality of Their Buildings in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


In the capital cih) of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, housing problem have been considered a critical issue where about 300,000 houses need to be constructed to reduce the pressing shortage of houses. Besides, 35,000-40,000 houses have to be built each year for new families in need of homes. In order to reduce the existing huge housing backlogs, the Cih) Administration, in collaboration with GTZ had launched a Grand Housing Development Program since 2003. Since then 32,388 condominium housing have been constructed out of which 2,111 were transferred to beneficiaries and 1895 condominium housing units have already been occupied by residents. The study sites, where residents found in, have been categorized in to BoleGerji model housing units, 1st phase GTZ constructed housing units and Housing Development Project Office (HDPO) constructed housing units. In connection with socia-economic composition:- Sex, Age, Marital status, Educational level, Occupation and Household head monthly income have been discussed. The socio-economic composition of residents varies from site to site and particularly the household heads monthly income ranges from less than 300 to more than 2000. In the discussion of housing acquisition of residents the study indicated that all of the GTZ and 96.4% of HDPO housing unit residents have given priorih) to get the house, where as in the case of Bole-Gerji model housing unit residents, only 32.1 % of them have got priority. On the other hand, while locationally all sites are found to be suitable, issues on housing qualih) particularly locking devices of exterior doors, stair case safeh), wall structure and electrical and sanitary facilities are reported as the major problems faced by residents, although the degree of technical defect varies from site to site. And finally performance of Housing Transfer Office particularly on the internalization and announcement of the rules and regulations of housing transfer clearly stated in the proclamation No. 19/2005 to cih) residents in general and condominium housing beneficiaries in particular is not encouraging. Moreover, the formulated rules and regulations to cam) out the housing transfer activities are not complete. And these rules and regulations are not strictly followed by the condominium housing beneficiaries.



Socio-Economic Composition