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Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) play a crucial role in addressing the housing needs of urban migrants and individuals from economically weaker sections (EWS) and low-income groups (LIG). These complexes are defined as designated projects that offer a mix of at least 40 Dwelling Units (DUs) and Dormitories, equipped with essential civic infrastructure facilities to ensure a decent standard of living for residents. The provision of basic amenities such as water, sanitation, sewerage/septage, roads, electricity, and necessary social/commercial infrastructure is integral to the functioning and sustainability of ARHCs, catering to the specific needs of urban migrants and the economically disadvantaged. Dwelling Units (DUs) within ARHCs are designed to accommodate individuals and families from EWS/LIG categories, with a focus on providing affordable and adequate housing solutions. The DUs consist of single-bedroom units with an area of up to 30 sqm or double-bedroom units with an area of up to 60 sqm, comprising essential living spaces such as a living area, kitchen, toilet, and bathroom. Additionally, Dormitories within ARHCs offer temporary accommodation options with individual bed spaces of up to 10 sqm carpet area each, catering to the housing requirements of transient populations and individuals in need of short-term shelter.


The determination of the initial rent for ARHCs is a critical aspect that influences the affordability and accessibility of housing for urban migrants and individuals from EWS/LIG categories. Local Authorities and designated entities are responsible for fixing the rental rates based on a comprehensive survey of the surrounding area where the ARHC project is located. This survey takes into account various factors, including the prevailing rental market trends, cost of living, infrastructure availability, and the income levels of the target population, ensuring that the rental rates are reasonable, sustainable, and reflective of the local housing dynamics. Furthermore, the operational tenure of ARHCs is set at a minimum period of 25 years, emphasizing the long-term commitment of Local Authorities and Entities to provide stable and affordable housing solutions for urban migrants and individuals from vulnerable socioeconomic backgrounds. This extended operational period ensures the continuity and sustainability of ARHCs, enabling residents to benefit from secure and affordable housing options over an extended duration, thereby promoting stability and socio-economic well-being within the community.


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The implementation of Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs) is a crucial initiative aimed at addressing the housing needs of urban migrants and individuals from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low-Income Groups (LIG) across Statutory Towns as per Census 2011 and subsequent notifications, Notified Planning Areas, and regions under Development/Special Area Development/Industrial Development Authorities. States/UTs have the flexibility to designate projects as ARHCs in other areas through official notification, ensuring broader coverage and accessibility of affordable housing options for vulnerable populations.

Projects falling under the umbrella of ARHCs are eligible for consideration and funding until the end of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission period, which concludes in March 2022. Additionally, projects that receive approval during the Mission period will receive continued support for an additional 18 months to facilitate fund disbursement and project completion, emphasizing the commitment to timely and effective implementation of affordable housing solutions.

The primary beneficiaries of ARHCs are individuals from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low-Income Group (LIG) categories, specifically targeting urban migrants and the economically disadvantaged. This includes a diverse range of individuals such as laborers, urban poor (such as street vendors, rickshaw pullers, and service providers), industrial workers, migrants associated with market/trade associations, educational/health institutions, the hospitality sector, long-term tourists/visitors, students, and others falling within similar socio-economic categories. By catering to the housing needs of these groups, ARHCs contribute significantly to enhancing social welfare and economic stability within urban communities.

Furthermore, the transition of government-funded houses constructed under schemes like JnNURM and RAY for slum dwellers to livable rental units for migrants and the poor necessitates additional repair, retrofitting, and the provision of essential civic infrastructure facilities. This transformation enables the utilization of existing housing stock to meet the growing demand for affordable rental accommodations, aligning with the overarching goal of enhancing housing accessibility and affordability for marginalized populations.