Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Opening Of New Housing Community For Christchurch

A new housing community in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond will provide 15 families on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register the security of a long-term lease and affordable rental. It will be opened on December 11 by the Hon. Poto Williams, in time for tenants to move in before Christmas. Media are invited to attend the opening.

The Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) complex on Guild Street, Richmond, sits on the former Churchill Courts site, on land leased by Anglican Care. The houses were used as temporary accommodation at Linwood Park before being moved to the site in August.

CMM Executive Director Jill Hawkey says the development provides a unique opportunity for families to settle and feel secure, perhaps for the first time in their lives. “We’re really pleased to have arrived at this point and look forward to welcoming families into their new homes in the coming days.”

The site comprises 15 homes, ranging in size from two-bedroom to four-bedroom. An additional building will serve as a dedicated community house, from which a community worker will be permanently based.

The need for these properties is great. Demand for social housing in Christchurch has increased from 482 applicant households in June 2015 to 1,232 in June 2020, according to Government figures. This 156 percent increase in homelessness in Christchurch over the last five years indicates the scale of the problem and the urgent need for warm, affordable and secure housing for the city.

Consent for the development was granted in March by the Christchurch City Council, which heard the views of nearby residents in reaching this decision. The site’s characteristics identified it as ideal for the relocatable houses, and for providing ample play space for the children of residents and off-street parking.

A large area in the north-east corner has been reserved for continued use by community gardening groups which have established vegetable gardens there. The houses are away from boundaries and the road. CMM is committed to increasing its stock of warm and affordable permanent housing to meet the city’s growing need.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How Women Are Suffering The Most From The Covid Economic Recession

Both here and abroad, the Covid-19 economic recession has been disastrous for women workers and their families. In November, young women below 30 in particular were feeling the consequences:

Of concern is the sustained deterioration in youth employment, particularly for females, with a -4.3% pa drop in filled jobs for females aged below 30, and a 3.9%pa drop for males aged below 30....More>>

 

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels