Housing affordability in Ghana: a focus on Kumasi and Tamale

Type Journal Article - Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management
Title Housing affordability in Ghana: a focus on Kumasi and Tamale
Volume 3
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
URL http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ejesm/article/view/63958
There are insufficient affordable housing units in Ghana. Most of the available units are poorly developed and are not habitable. The paper explores the affordable housing situation in Ghana by using Kumasi and Tamale as study area. It determines whether housing - housing credit, and rental and owner occupied units are affordable. It also determines the extent to which government interventions have been successful in providing affordable housing for Ghanaians. It examines the contribution of the formal finance institutions to the provision of affordable housing in Ghana. It does so by surveying the literature on affordable housing. It also evaluates the affordable housing delivery system in Ghana. It found that housing units with basic acceptable standards are unaffordable by many households in the study areas. Also, most households in Kumasi and Tamale cannot afford mortgage credit, and adequate rented and owner occupied housing units due to low income levels, high unemployment rate, and high interest rates. It notes that interventions by government have been unsuccessful in providing affordable housing in the country.

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