Urban Housing Fund

MATERIA is establishing a regional Urban Housing Fund in partnership with a prominent private equity group to tackle the urgent need of affordable housing in Africa.

Africa has the fastest growing cities in the world, with 40% of the continent’s one billion people living in town and cities (UN Habitat). Over 90% of them are not able to access the existing housing market and hence are either renting or living in informal dwellings offering appalling conditions. Affordable Housing in Africa is not only a huge issue, but also an incredible scalable opportunity for the socially-minded developers that will be able to address it maintaining true affordability and scalability.

MATERIA has envisaged and established an innovative approach to affordable housing construction, through an incremental housing system that allows to provide inexpensive starter houses, which can then be expanded by residents over time as their family grow and/or as their income allows. Each house is modular and built by materials produced and/or sourced locally, which allows for creating local value chains.

Investing in Affordable Housing in Africa today allows us to benefit from strong government support to create scalable impact projects that build on novel technology & design to leverage a clear first-mover advantage and create high-barriers to entry. MATERIA aims to become the regional leader in the development of large affordable housing communities across Africa, and to build a diversified portfolio of affordable housing projects in selected countries.

For more information about MUHF, its mandate, returns and current projects please get in contact with us.


TARGET SEGMENT AND AFFORDABILITY

Affordability is intrinsically distinct from territory to territory, and every project needs to take into account the local economic, social and cultural framework as reference for the considerations to follow. Truly affordable housing in the region needs to account for the 80% of households which are below the median national income – on an average level across the region, we are targeting households with total household incomes starting from an average of US$500 to US$1,200 per month which would position them in the emerging Middle Class bracket. Additionally the housing finance options further determine what is truly affordable given these income levels. The Affordability threshold is for AUHF identified within the US$200-500/month of disposable income for housing, where innovative housing finance solutions are developed for the residents of our houses.

INCREMENTAL CONSTRUCTION DESIGN

MATERIA & Kéré Architecture have designed an Incremental Housing system that allows to provide inexpensive starter houses, which can then be expanded by residents over time as their family’s needs and/or income levels grow.

Our neighboorhoods evolve as residents’s lives evolve, with the houses themselves functioning as growing equity that allows for social mobility.