The Sahaspura Housing Scheme is a government initiated low-income housing project. Designed to be 14 floors tall, they contain 670 housing units. While providing decent housing for low-income residents—predominantly people living in the slums—is commendable, the process by which residents were forced to move out of homes they had lived throughout their lives is questionable. Moreover, each unit is approximately 350-380 square feet, making it a rather cramped affair for large families. Relocation wasn’t cheap either—new residents were expected to pay Rs. 50,000 upfront, another Rs. 50,000 after three months, and then an additional amount monthly for a 20 year period. These are in addition to other bills for water and electricity. The residents living in the apartments are from many areas across Colombo: Maligawatta, Dematagoda, Grandpass, and Aluthkade to name a few. Most of whom we spoke to told us they were resettled here when their homes were torn down for urban development projects about five years ago. While a handful of them said they were well adjusted to the area, many others, especially senior citizens, expressed dissatisfaction.