New emer­gency hous­ing for the Bay

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - ME­GAN HUNT

Hawke’s Bay has a new land­lord – Te Tai­whenua o Here­taunga.

The health and so­cial ser­vice agency blessed its first emer­gency house last week, a tidy twobed­room prop­erty in cen­tral Hast­ings, as it be­gins to add short-term hous­ing to its port­fo­lio of ser­vices.

It has part­nered with Emerge Aotearoa to pro­vide emer­gency hous­ing through a project named Te Whare Huak­ina, funded by the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment.

In most cases fam­i­lies will stay in Te Whare Huak­ina houses for up to 12 weeks while they re­ceive wrap­around sup­port which in­clude health, so­cial, bud­get­ing and lit­er­acy ser­vices.

This will also in­clude a new pro­gramme called Ready To Rent, which teaches the rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of good ten­ants.

Fam­i­lies will then be sup­ported to move into long-term hous­ing op­tions and will re­ceive an­other 12 weeks of ser­vices to sup­port this tran­si­tion process.

The first home was blessed on June 6, but the pair of or­gan­i­sa­tions aimed to grow hous­ing stock to 31 emer­gency prop­er­ties which would help over 100 fam­i­lies each year.

Te Tai­whenua o Here­taunga chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­orge Reedy said the ef­fect of poor hous­ing was seen by his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s staff with fam­i­lies need­ing health and so­cial ser­vices.

He said by pro­vid­ing safe, warm homes they can help to solve some of th­ese is­sues.

‘‘Fam­i­lies will have some­where warm, dry and safe to stay while they get sorted,’’ he said.

‘‘Some­times, is­sues build up and they find it hard to un­tan­gle ev­ery­thing.

‘‘It can eas­ily turn into longterm dis­ad­van­tage.’’

Part­ner agency Emerge Aotearoa is an es­tab­lished hous­ing provider with goals to im­prove out­comes for Paci­fica, Maori and men­tal health com­mu­ni­ties.

It now has so­cial hous­ing in Auck­land, Welling­ton, Christchurch and Hawke’s Bay.

For peo­ple to qual­ify for a Te Whare Huak­ina short-term prop­erty they must be re­ferred by the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment.

The gov­ern­ment was in­vest­ing around $350 mil­lion into Te Whare Huak­ina na­tion­wide.

This would see more than 2000 ex­tra tran­si­tional hous­ing places cre­ated across New Zealand.

ME­GAN HUNT

Te Tai­whenua o Here­taunga chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­orge Reedy with Graeme Bell from Emerge Aotearoa in the first Hast­ings emer­gency house.

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