Islandhousing - success story
Waiheke Community Housing Trust has succeeded in raising the $300,000 needed to buy its first properties.
Trust chairperson Paul Carew said there has been an ‘‘incredible’’ response from the community to calls for donations to provide affordable rental housing.
‘‘We are feeling really well supported by the local island community - it’s just amazing.
‘‘Obviously, it’s an idea that’s ringing bells for people,’’ Carew said.
The trust now has the deposit to buy two adjoining properties on Waiheke Road in Onetangi and plans to borrow the remaining $900,000.
A house and two apartments will be built on an empty section, while a cottage on the adjoining land will be sold at an affordable rate.
The new homes will be rented at 80 per cent of market rental to families with school-age children or people aged over 55.
The trust aims to provide 100 houses over the next ten years, helping businesses to house staff and long term residents to stay on the island they call home.
Volunteers will build a tiny house on October 7 and 8 to help raise money for the trust.
The 10-square-metre portable house will be built in the car park at Waiheke Living in Ostend and auctioned, along with art donated by Waiheke artists, on Sunday, October 15, at 10am.
‘‘The idea is to show people how easy it is to put an extra bedroom on their property now. The rules have changed, so you can put a sleepout on virtually every property on Waiheke,’’ Carew said.
‘‘That makes a big difference to people who are struggling to afford to stay on their property.
Several volunteers have already offered to pitch in, but more skilled hands are wanted to build the house under the supervision of a licensed builder. Helpers will also be needed to paint the tiny house.
The trust is also organising a Waiheke Houseathon from 6pm on October 14 to 8am the next morning to raise funds.
People will sleep rough for a night in the Artworks courtyard in Oneroa, or in their cars around the complex.
Those sleeping rough are asked to pick up sponsorship forms from Waiheke Library and to aim to raise $200.
Register for the Houseathon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.