Christmas message sent to Housing Ministers

Published: Fri 16 Dec 2011 12:38 PM
CHA Media Release – 15 December 2011
Christmas message sent to Housing Ministers
Returning Minister of Housing Phil Heatley and new Associate Minister of Housing Tariana Turia have been sent a special Christmas ‘wish list’ from supporters of Community Housing Aotearoa.
“Community Housing Aotearoa has been collecting a number of messages from our members and wider network of supporters to pass on to Ministers in a Christmas letter – with most of those messages focused on housing affordability,” says Community Housing Aotearoa’s Executive Officer David McCartney.
“One of the key messages that we have relayed on to the Ministers is a call for their continued support to enable a much-needed increase in affordable housing of the type provided by community and social housing organisations.
“This is a timely message to be delivering given the expected release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Housing Affordability is due to be released this Friday, 16 December. The role that community and social housing organisations play in ensuring an affordable supply of housing is sure to be a key element in that report,” says Community Housing Aotearoa’s Executive Officer David McCartney.
Contributions featured in the Community Housing Christmas Letter are from a variety of housing providers and supporting organisations, including the Victoria Trust, Tauwhao Te Ngare Trust, Abbeyfield New Zealand, the Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, Wellington’s Downtown Community Ministry, the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and NZ Council of Christian Social Services.
The contribution from Timaru’s Victoria Trust set out a wish for a “social housing cake” free of stigma and discrimination. The ingredients of the cake would be equality, understanding, assistance and certainty.
Community Housing Aotearoa
Nga Wharerau o Aotearoa
Community Housing Aotearoa is the peak body for New Zealand's community housing sector. Our 110 members build and manage affordable and social housing.
Our Vision is to make sure every New Zealander is well-housed in a warm, safe, dry and affordable home. This is a basic human right.
We work to support the growth and development of community housing providers to enable them to provide affordable and social housing.
We want to demonstrate that community housing is a critical element alongside private and government owned housing. No one can do it alone.
Community Housing Aotearoa aims to: be the voice of the community housing sector build capacity and foster collaboration promote best practice in housing policy champion quality and excellence.
Contact Community Housing Aotearoa
Physical Address:
Level 11, Ranchhod Tower, 39 The Terrace/102-112 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Postal Address:
PO Box 11543 Wellington 6142

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