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More emergency housing opens in Naenae

Hon Alfred Ngaro
Associate Minister for Social Housing

20 March 2016


More emergency housing opens in Naenae

Vulnerable families will now have other housing options in Lower Hutt thanks to Government funding says Associate Social Housing Minister Alfred Ngaro.

The Minister today visited the blessing and opening of a new transitional house in Naenae.

Koraunui Marae Trust has been contracted to provide housing and support services to the women and children who’ll stay in the six-bedroom, three-bathroom house.

“This is the second transitional property we’ve opened in Lower Hutt in as many months and we’ll have another two properties coming on board this week,” says Mr Ngaro.

“Tomorrow a local mum and her kids will move into this new place and will be supported by the Koraunui Marae team to get back on their feet.”

A house mother will work onsite to support the residents during their stay, and will continue to help the family once they’ve moved onto somewhere more permanent.

“The Koraunui team are well established and have been supporting their community for a number of years so it’s fantastic to be able to help them to support even more families.”

Last year, the Government provided $354 million in new funding for Emergency Housing – the first time permanent funding has been committed, this will provide 8600 emergency housing places per year.

“It’s really satisfying to see in person how the funding the Government committed last year is helping people in need.”

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