The first stages of a new emergency housing development have been officially opened in Auckland’s Otahuhu, giving more families a warm and safe place to stay in times of need.
The Monte Cecilia team at opening - Dennis, Cecilia, and Bernie
The site will ultimately comprise 43 two, three and four-bedroom houses, next to schools and with an on-site playground. The homes will accommodate families for between 12 and 24 weeks and are well laid-out, fully insulated, double glazed and furnished.
The Salvation Army, Monte Cecilia and Vision West will lease around a third each of the properties and support families transitioning to permanent homes. An on-site security person will also live at the premises. “Luke Street is the first Housing NZ purpose-built emergency housing development under the Government’s $303.6 million emergency housing funding announced in November 2016,” Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says.
When complete, around 210 people, mainly families with children, will be housed in the Luke Street properties. Three houses are now tenanted, with another nine being tenanted in a few weeks. The remaining 31 houses will be completed in stages over the coming weeks.
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