The City follows a fair and systematic manner when allocating housing opportunities to ensure that no one jumps the queue. Housing opportunities are allocated as they become available to beneficiaries who qualify. Where the development is happening is important and preference is given to those who are living in the area and who have been waiting the longest for a house. Beneficiaries are also selected from other areas. 

 
The selection of beneficiaries for state-subsidised houses – that is Breaking New Ground houses – happens in partnership with a local project steering committee (PSC) who represents the community where the development is taking place.
 
The Project Steering Committee will recommend to the City: 
how many houses will be allocated to applicants longest on the database from outside the targeted areas where the houses are being built;
how many houses will be allocated to applicants with special needs on the database from within the targeted areas first and if necessary from those longest on          the database from outside the area where the houses are being built; 
the rest of the houses will be allocated to applicants from the housing database who are living in the targeted area where the houses are being built.
 
There is a huge backlog for free houses in Cape Town, as is the case in other cities in South Africa. Those who are registered on the City’s Housing Database will wait at least 15 to 20 years for a free house (state-subsidised house).