As a pioneer in social housing JHC has faced many challenges and learnt many lessons. It has recorded a number of firsts and has earned a reputation for innovation. These milestones mark our progress over the past 17 years.

 1995 JHC officially established.
 1996 First building purchased for social housing in the Johannesburg inner city: San Martin, Joubert Park.
 1997 First conversion from office to residential: Tower Hill, Hillbrow. First new-build residential development in the inner city in 30 years: Jeppe Oval, Jeppestown.
 1998 First slum clearance and upgrade: Douglas Rooms, Troyeville.
 1999 First Community Development Department established by a social housing company. JHC CEO Taffy Adler ‘Gauteng Housing Person of the Year’, awarded by the Institute for Housing of South Africa. JHC’s new-build Carr Gardens 1 fully occupied within 17 days of opening.
 2000 First crèche opened in a JHC building: Douglas Village, Troyeville. First commercial loan for an inner city social housing project awarded to JHC by Absa Bank for Elangeni, breaking the redlining of property loans in the inner city. First conversion of a hotel to residential: Landrost, CBD.
2001 First residential landlord to formulate an HIV/AIDS Charter. JHC ‘Gauteng Housing Developer of the Year’, awarded by the Institute for Housing of South Africa. JHC converted to a Section 21 company (association incorporated not for gain).
2002 First upgrade completed under the City of Johannesburg’s Better Buildings Programme: Lake Success, Hillbrow. Opening of JHC’s new-build Elangeni, CBD. Opening of JHC’s new-build Tribunal Gardens, Fordsburg.
2003 First residential landlord to introduce a Hardship Assistance Programme for tenants. First public-private partnership in residential development, structured by JHC for Brickfields Housing Project. Funding and equity investments from both public and private sectors led to the formation of the Brickfields Housing Company. JHC reached financial breakeven; for the first time operational income covered all operating costs. JHC restructured to incorporate Brickfields Housing Company (Pty) Ltd, Makhulong A Matala as a non-profit, public benefit organisation, and Mitja Investments No.66 (Pty) Ltd.
2004 First Customer Service Survey for tenants in a social housing company. First residential neighbourhood improvement programme: eKhaya Neighbourhood, Hillbrow.
2005 Opening of Brickfields, Newtown, creating a new residential neighbourhood in the inner city.
2006 JHC won the international BSHF UN Habitat Award for practical, innovative and sustainable housing solutions. JHC also won the inaugural Govan Mbeki Award as ‘Social Housing Institution of the Year’, presented by the National Department of Housing.
2007 JHC CEO Taffy Adler ‘South African Social Entrepreneur of the Year’, awarded by the Schwab Foundation. 2008 - JHC won the JDA’s (Johannesburg Development Agency’s) Halala Joburg!.
2008 JHC wins the Govan Mbeki Award from then the National Department of Housing. The same year, JHC's Elangeni wins the SA Institute of Architecs' President Awards.
2009 Elize Stroebel is appointed as the new CEO of JHC. Makhulong A Matala wins the JDA’s Halala Joburg! Award “ Caring Joburg”. eKhaya Neighbourhood wins the SAPOA (SA Property Owners Association)Award for innovative excellence in property Development. eKhaya also wins the JDA’s Halala Joburg! Award  “Sustaining Joburg:past, present and future”.










Makhulong A Matala wins the National Housing Award under the Community Development Category awarded by the SA Housing Foundation. eKhaya Neighbouhood receives a commendation from the SA Institute of Architecs in the inaugural AfriSam – SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture for recycling and upgrading in the neighbourhood, undertaken for JHC by Savage & Dodd Architecs.

Award for Sustainable Architecture for the recycling and upgrading of buildings in the neighbourhood, undertaken for JHC by savage & Dodd Architecs.

JHC and Makhulong A Matala wins the JDA Halala Joburg! Award under category; Sustaining Joburg for its Food Gardens and Recycling initiatives across its buildings. 

JHC opened two buildings which were bought and renovated in 2012. These are Lethabong Mansions (CBD) and Ukhamba Mansions (Berea). The latter is the first JHC building in Berea.


JHC opens a newly refurbished building in Fordsburg named Umndeni Gardens.