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New social housing developments for Auckland

Published: Mon 28 Oct 2013 06:29 PM
Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister of Housing
28 October 2013 Media Statement
New social housing developments for Auckland
Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced $16.7 million of Government funding for 87 new community social houses in Auckland.
“Auckland’s housing problems require that we grow the stock of private and state housing, as well as the community social housing sector. These additional community-developed homes are aimed at lower income families for both rental and assisted home ownership,” Dr Smith says.
“The grants from the $139 million Social Housing Fund are helping to grow New Zealand’s small community social housing sector. The Government is backing these providers as they can stretch the public dollar further and deliver comprehensive support services for their clients.”
Dr Smith made the announcement at a New Zealand Housing Foundation site in Avondale where 20 units for low-income families will be built. The foundation has received $4.2 million from the Social Housing Fund for the $9.7 million development.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says this is a great example of Auckland Council working with Government and the social housing sector and the collaboration needed to tackle Auckland’s housing challenges.
“Auckland Council Property Ltd identified this council land as surplus to requirements and well suited to provide higher density housing close to a town centre and good rail links. ACPL worked closely with the Housing Foundation, an organisation leading the way in providing affordable housing in Auckland,” Mr Brown says.
Vision West Community Trust has received $4.9 million to build 21 units in New Lynn, Henderson and Kelston for large low-income families. The total value of the development is $9.8 million.
The Chinese New Settlers Services Trust has received $5.3 million to build 33 units in Panmure for low-income elderly in local Asian communities. The total value of the development is $10.5 million.
Accessible Properties Auckland has received $2.3 million to build 13 units in New Lynn, Northern Glen Innes and Weymouth for low-income households. The total value of the development is $4.7 million.
“These housing initiatives are part of our plans to grow the sector to provide 20 per cent of New Zealand’s social housing by 2018. It is backed up by the Government’s Social Housing Reform Bill to be passed by Parliament by year’s end. This legislation will enable new tenants of community-owned social housing to be eligible for the income related rent subsidy, currently only available to state house tenants.
“Today’s announcement is just a small part of the Government’s overall housing strategy. We are spending a record $2.9 billion on Housing New Zealand to make sure state houses are in the right place, are of the right size, and are of good quality. We are supporting first home buyers through changes to KiwiSaver and Welcome Home Loans and tackling key underlying issues to housing affordability through the Auckland Accord to provide consents for 39,000 new homes over three years. We are also scrutinising infrastructure and building materials costs, and investing heavily skills and productivity in the construction sector.”
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