Community housing providers are welcoming the Government’s announcement of a homelessness action plan backed by $300
million of extra funding.
“In 10 years’ time New Zealand will look back on this announcement as a turning point in how we bring an end to the
housing crisis,” says Scott Figenshow, Chief Executive of Community Housing Aotearoa (www.communityhousing.org.nz
), the sector body for community housing providers around New Zealand.
He was commenting on the Government’s announcement of a package of measures to address homelessness, including 1000
additional transitional housing places, extra funding for its ‘Sustaining Tenancies’ programme and $20 million to work
with Māori to prevent homelessness and expand housing supply (https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-steps-action-prevent-homelessness
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement at the opening of a new Auckland City Mission facility for women
experiencing homelessness, Te Whare Hinatore. It comes a day after the Salvation Army released its State of the Nation
report which provides a detailed report card on how New Zealand is doing on a range of social indicators including
housing, jobs, and wellbeing (https://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/article/bring-everyone-together
). It also coincides with a visit to New Zealand by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani
Mr Figenshow says the action plan will make a significant difference in many people’s lives.
“A good home is an absolutely essential foundation for having a good life, and is a fundamental human right. There’s a
direct link between experiences of homelessness and having an adequate supply of affordable homes for people to live in,
and we’re delighted the Government has acknowledged that.”
He says community housing providers around New Zealand already provide thousands of affordable homes for people in need
and will be delighted with the Government’s commitment to a plan of both long term and immediate high impact solutions,
delivered through building capacity in our Māori and community housing sectors.
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
We work to support the growth and development of community housing providers to enable them to provide affordable and
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.