At the Mutare there is a large shortage on housing. Also the population has grown sharply. In 1990 about 150,000 people lived in Mutare. At the moment there are about 250,000 people.
The shortage in housing has been exaggerated by the action Murambatsvina in 2005. By Zimbabweans nicknamed the ‘Tsunami’. The army, police and security services destroyed tens of thousands of wooden shacks and stone houses in Townships all over Zimbabwe. This was a revenge action of Zanu-pf for the defeat at the elections a couple of months before. The aim was to forge as much people as possible to move to the country side, the powerbase of the Zanu-pf.
An estimated 300,000 people in Zimbabwe has lost there accommodation. Also a lot of workshops and shops (tuckshops) were demolished.
From 1995 onwards the City Link is involved in a housing project for low and or informal incomes in Hobhouse Mutare.
Besides the support with the development of good housing for people with low incomes, the stedenband also wants to support with neighbourhood development.
Neighbourhood development is important to improve the quality of living. An neighbourhood as Hobhouse, without proper services likes schools and a clinic, without economic development is in the long run not attractive for its inhabitants. As a result people will move to other areas.
An important part of neighbourhood development is also to support groups of inhabitants. The groups can develop plans for themselves and address the City and others to inform them about their needs and wishes. It makes them aware citizens and that is good for democratic development.