In this newsletter:
A response to homelessness in Wellington
Three organisations sit at the centre of a Wellington City Council funded direct response to homelessness. Te Whakamura Ai Te Ahi means ‘to keep the home fires burning’. It is a cross-agency project involving Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), Kahungunu Whānau Services, the Compassion Soup Kitchen and the Wellington City Council. Read more about how these groups are responding to homelessness in Wellington.
New landlord for Tauranga HNZ tenants
From April, Accessible Properties will take over 1138 social houses and tenancies owned by Housing New Zealand. See CHA and government’s press releases here.
Introduction to Housing First with Dr Sam Tsemberis – Auckland workshop
Participants at this workshop had a rare opportunity to learn about Housing First from its founder, Dr Sam Tsemberis. Over 80 representatives from housing organisations across Auckland and as far afield as Tauranga and Bay of Plenty, were hosted by Housing First Auckland and Community Housing Aotearoa at the magnificent setting of St Matthews-in-the-City.
Treasury announces Christchurch EOI release date
On 29 March, Treasury posted a GETS notice (Rfx ID: 18526138) announcing the next stage in the process to potentially sell Housing New Zealand stock in Christchurch. The posting states:
“The Government intends to release an Expression of Interest Invitation (EOI Invitation) on 10 April 2017 for the transfer of up to 2,500 Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies in Christchurch to a Community Housing Provider who can bring fresh thinking to how tenants are supported and properties are managed and reconfigured to better match demand.”
The Government will hold a supplier briefing for those interested in responding to the EOI in Christchurch on 12 April 2017. Those wanting to attend must RSVP via by email here by 12:00pm on 11 April.
1. Discussion with Hon Amy Adams, Minister for Social Housing
April 5th, Wednesday 5:45-7pm
2. Talk to MSD about ‘Towards 2020: Increasing social housing’
You’re invited to meet with Scott Gallacher, Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Deputy Chief Executive Housing, to discuss opportunities about increasing social housing in the Wellington or the Auckland region.
3. Presentation on new research on the benefits of social and affordable housing
April 12 , 7:30-9am
St. Andrew’s on the Terrace 30 The Terrace, Wellington
New independent research from key academic and economic studies show the results of moving low income households into secure, affordable and adequate homes. Register here.
Hosted by the New Zealand Housing Foundation and an AHI Networking event