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