NHE Struggles with Massive Housing Backlog in Northern Namibia

Ongwediva – The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) in Namibia is facing a significant challenge in meeting the housing demands in the northern part of the country, with around 26,000 people currently on the waiting list. NHE Chief Executive Officer Gisbertus Mukulu, speaking at a media engagement in Ongwediva, disclosed that the national waiting list exceeds 100,000 applicants.

According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), despite the considerable housing backlog, NHE is committed to addressing the issue as efficiently as possible. He acknowledged that meeting the housing demand is a long-term endeavor, given the scale of the backlog. To date, NHE has constructed 18,000 houses nationwide, with over 3,000 of these distributed through the Mass Housing programme, following NHE’s full participation mandate in the program.

Mukulu informed that there are no vacant, fully constructed houses available across the country at present. However, there is ongoing construction in Swakopmund, where 505 houses are being built. Out of these, 111 have been completed, and the remaining 394 are under construction. He expressed optimism about NHE’s progress and the growing confidence the government has in their efforts.

NHE’s upcoming schedule includes handing over 50 houses in Omuthiya, followed by 24 houses in Ondangwa, and 70 houses in Okahao within the week.