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Collaboration gives families new homes

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

The first of 14 families have begun moving into a new block of apartments in Auckland which are the result of a partnership between government agencies and community housing providers, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

“I am delighted that Housing New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development and three providers have worked together to ensure that 14 vulnerable families have somewhere safe and secure to live and where they will receive the help they need to address issues that may be holding them back,” Mrs Bennett says.

The Glen Eden apartments were bought by Housing New Zealand (HNZ) from a developer. Community provider VisionWest has leased the block and is sub-leasing some units to Monte Cecilia and Airedale Properties with support from LifeWise. They will provide wraparound services for tenants with funding from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

“A stable home is important in helping people get back on their feet. Providing these families with intensive support and social services is good for the parents, their children and their communities,” Mrs Bennett says.

“The Government is growing the community provider sector in social housing through partnerships such as this and through social housing transfers such as in Tauranga and the newly announced Christchurch transfer.

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Te Atatu land secured for additional housing

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Land suitable for 60 apartments on the Te Atatu Peninsula is the latest addition to the Crown Land Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

The plan is for 20 per cent of the dwellings to be sold below the HomeStart cap of $650,000 and 20 per cent to be made available for social housing.

“The opportunity to develop the land will first be offered to Ngā Mana Whenua through its Limited Partnership, in line with the Development Protocol under the Deed of Settlement with Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau. If an acceptable proposal is not made by the Limited Partnership, the development opportunity will then be offered to the top-ranked developer on MBIE’s private sector developer panel.

“This site is just 12.5km from the Auckland CBD and 1.5km from the Te Atatu Peninsula Town Centre, as well as being within easy walking distance of a bus stop, schooling and parks. It is an ideal development site for new housing.”

Community housing providers (CHPs) are encouraged to be part of the development. The Ministry of Social Development will connect interested CHPs from its panel of preferred providers with the developer once confirmed.

The Government is providing $144.5 million to help CHPs fund these types of developments. CHPs can apply for up-front funding of up to 50 per cent of the value of the development, or a weekly grant of up to 50 per cent of market rent on top of the current rental subsidies the Government provides once the properties are built, or a combination of both up to the equivalent level of funding provided by either the upfront funding or weekly subsidy alone.

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Everything is community: developer and incoming resident experiences of the establishment phase at Waimahia Inlet

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Waimahia Inlet is an affordable housing development located on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, 23km south of the Auckland CBD and 5km southwest of Manukau City centre. On completion, Waimahia Inlet will be Aotearoa’s largest third sector housing development with 295 dwellings, approximately 70% of these being either assisted homeownership or homes retained by community housing providers as affordable rental accommodation. The development arose out of the shared interests of the consortium partners to provide good-quality, affordable housing for lower income New Zealand households. This report presents the findings of a study on the establishment phase of the development.

The case study contributes to a broader project, Resilient Urban Futures, concerned with the social, economic and environmental performance of different models of urban development. Waimahia is interesting for a number of reasons:

– it is being carried out by a consortium of Māori organisations and community housing providers, drawing on the complementary capacities of these groups and their shared interest in providing affordable, good-quality housing for those in need

– it is the largest third sector housing project undertaken to date in Aotearoa

– it was the first Special Housing Area designated under the Auckland Housing Accord, signed between central government and Auckland Council in September 2013.

Go here to read the report

Earthworks to start at Moire Road housing development

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Community Housing Aotearoa No Comments

Earthworks are set to begin on the 196-home Massey East project as part of the Crown Land Housing Programme, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“Today’s blessing of the site by Fletcher Residential’s partner, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and the turning of the first sod pave the way for earthworks to start in early November,” Dr Smith says.

“The staged development is a mix of detached single story dwellings, terraces and duplexes, with the first homes to be completed by the end of August 2017 and the whole development completed by mid-2019.

“A 30 per cent portion, or 59 homes, will be made available for social housing. Community Housing Providers (CHPs) will have first option to purchase these homes and, if not taken up, they will be available to first home buyers. Fletcher Residential is already in negotiations with three CHPs on purchasing homes in the development. The Government is providing support to the CHPs through Income Related Rent Subsidies and upfront funding.”

The site was formerly held by the Ministry of Education for a new school but became surplus to its requirements when Hobsonville Point Secondary School was built instead.

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