Re­fram­ing af­ford­able hous­ing

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

A new hous­ing con­cept that turns four state homes into 18 so­cial and af­ford­able homes has been pro­posed by a com­mu­nity hous­ing group.

Auck­land Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Providers’ Net­work has cre­ated a hous­ing con­cept dubbed ‘18 for 4’, de­signed to en­able peo­ple of all de­mo­graph­ics to con­tinue liv­ing in Auck­land.

The group met with Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff on Novem­ber 15 to dis­cuss the con­cept.

The pur­pose of the cam­paign is to get pub­lic in­ter­est and sup­port from cen­tral gov­ern­ment for the pro­gramme.

The con­cept will cre­ate mixed ten­ure properties to help meet in­creased de­mand for more so­cial hous­ing and af­ford­able hous­ing.

The ‘18 for 4’ hous­ing model is struc­tured around mov­ing peo­ple up the hous­ing lad­der, from as­sisted hous­ing into pri­vate own­er­ship.

Build­ing projects will trans­form four houses, likely Hous­ing New Zealand stock, into 18 homes.

Each project will have eight homes for so­cial hous­ing, six homes for as­sisted home own­er­ship, in­clud­ing rent to buy op­tions, and four homes for pri­vate sale, with prof­its go­ing back into more com­mu­nity hous­ing.

These houses will be one, two and three bed­room homes.

NZ Hous­ing Foun­da­tion gen­eral man­ager Paul Gil­berd says the ‘18 for 4’ model would lever­age off Hous­ing New Zealand’s 27,500 Auck­land homes.

‘‘They are the largest prop­erty owner in the city and have sev­eral sites where com­mu­nity hous­ing providers can build qual­ity, af­ford­able hous­ing close to pub­lic trans­port and peo­ple’s places of work,’’ Gil­berd says.

‘‘The com­mu­nity hous­ing sec­tor has a proven track record with Waimahia In­let and other projects and are a safe pair of hands – we’re reg­u­lated be­yond state or pri­vate land­lords to be ‘good land­lords’ and are re­spon­sive to iwi and other com­mu­nity groups, be­ing part of the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate.

Com­mu­nity hous­ing is about de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity-based so­lu­tions to ad­dress hous­ing is­sues and pro­vid­ing af­ford­able, healthy, qual­ity homes.

The av­er­age house price in Auck­land is about $1 mil­lion, and the av­er­age rent costs more than $500 per week.

The project would use lo­ca­tions across the city – rather than us­ing Auck­land’s pe­riph­ery sub­urbs, Gil­berd says.

Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff and chair of Auck­land Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Providers Net­work James Widgery.

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