New homes planned in Horowhenua
Horowhenua will get 30 new publicly owned homes according to the Government's new public housing plan.
The plan is to build 6400 houses around the country by June 2022 for families in need to deal with the growing housing crisis. The government will also partner with local councils, community housing providers and developers to increase that number even further. The 6400 houses are fully funded by the Government 2018 Budget.
The demand for social housing has increased nationwide by 111 per cent since June 2016 — 5577 more applicants on top of the existing 5000.
“Compared to other areas in the central region we are well represented in that plan, but given the projected growth for our district we want to make sure they have used the right figures,” District Councillor Barry Judd, chair of council's wellbeing committee, said.
“A much more recent report done by NZIER for us in 2015 projects a growth of 500 new residents each year for the next 20 years and for the past two years we have exceeded that.”
“Factoring in those growth figures is crucial,” he said. “Council will be making a submission to make sure the growth is factored in.”