RULIV has had a long working partnership with the provincial Department of Sustainable Human Settlements, particularly the Housing Needs and Research Directorate. RULIV provided technical assistance in form of capacity-building in research and contract management in order to assist the directorate meet its mandate to facilitate the existence of a legislative and policy environment conducive to housing development within the Province. The organisation facilitated evidence-based integrated housing development planning and rendered ongoing support to municipalities and provincial housing stakeholders to participate meaningfully in housing delivery. In addition, RULIV was called upon to facilitate the provincial consultative seminar on the development of the research agenda for the directorate.