KiwiBuild can’t do it alone, says CHA
Community Housing Aotearoa is urging the Government to take advantage of the experts in providing warm, dry affordable homes for New Zealanders – community housing providers.
Chief Executive Scott Figenshow says today’s announcement the Government is buying Unitec’s Mt Albert campus site to build up to 4000 homes is a great step towards ensuring all New Zealanders are well-housed.
The development will be a mix of affordable KiwiBuild homes for first homebuyers, public housing and open market houses.
“But if the Government wants to meet its goal of building 100,000 warm, dry, affordable homes, it needs to work with community housing providers to get there,” he says.
“Community housing providers are in your neighbourhood and have been undertaking this work for years. They work closely with specialist mental health and social services, providing a seamless integration that supports people to live in their own homes.”
Scott Figenshow says community housing providers have the experience and expertise to provide permanent affordability through a variety of tried and tested models, including shared ownership, rent to buy, and other mechanisms.
“As a sector, we’re very keen to work with the Government to ensure all Kiwis are well-housed. The Government can’t do it alone, and we’re here to help.”