A 2017 World Bank report indicates that Kenya needs at least 2 million low-income homes to be able to realise economic growth. The government of Kenya plans to build 1 million homes by 2022, 800,000 of which will be affordable homes, while 200,000 will be social housing. The demand for low-income housing by the urban poor surpasses by far what the government has planned. Ideally, social housing, from the government’s perspective, refers to one or two-roomed accommodation in slums, old council estates and new greenfield developments.
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