Housing Policy: Costly and Ineffective

6 October 2015 – In the past 21 years, the State has provided more than 2.5 million houses and a further 1.2 million serviced sites. "But at the same time," notes the IRR, "the housing backlog has grown from 1.5 million units in 1994 to 2.1 million units today. In addition, the number of informal settlements has expanded from 300 in 1994 to 2 225 now."