New homes planned in Horowhenua

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.”

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