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Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide

​Youth homelessness is a pressing issue worldwide that requires urgent attention. To help address the issue, a collaborative group of organizations from Canada and Europe have developed Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide for grounding strategies to end youth homelessness in international human rights law.

Home ownership rates continue to drop

Home ownership is nudging a new low with the least number of Kiwis living in their own home in 66 years.Nationwide 63.2 per cent of people today live in their own home - the lowest rate since the 61.2 per cent recorded at the 1951 Census - whereas 33 per cent live in a rental.

Outspoken on homelessness

In the new year RNZ's political reporter, Demelza Leslie, talked to Scott Figenshow of CHA, UNICEF's Vivian Maidaborne and Human Rights Commissioner, David Rutherford where they explore what can be done about an issue which was seldom out of last year's headlines-homelessness.

People’s Project a success

The People's Project , set up in August 2014 with the goal that no one would be living on the streets or sleeping rough in the city by the end of this year, has found homes for all but two of the 80 rough sleepers in the city, and homes have been found for hundreds more who needed help.

Bill English’s new cabinet

Talking to RNZ last night, ​Community Housing Aotearoa chief executive Scott Figgenshow said there was no quick fix to make housing affordable for people on low incomes and addressing the problem required decisive action from the government, as well as charities and NGOs. "We certainly look forward to sitting down with minister Amy Adams in the New Year," he said.

15 December 2016, CHA newsletter

In this newsletter we have information on the new MSD Purchasing Strategy– a positive step toward the long term pipeline of new supply; requests for proposals for social housing outside Auckland; information on the Christchurch Stock Transfer and the report from the National Māori Housing Conference 2016.

MSD purchasing strategy 2016

This Purchasing Strategy contains the latest information on how, and where the Ministry expects to fund social housing tenancies through the income-related rent subsidy (IRRS). They have signalled they will be working to secure another 3,800 social housing places nationwide by 2019/20, almost half of which need to be one-bedroom places.

Publication of the National Maori Housing Conference 2016

​The fourth biennial National Māori Housing Conference 2016 was held at the ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga and hosted by Tauranga Moana. The theme of the Conference was “Mā whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi” (Collaboration and Strategic Relationships).

New social housing for vulnerable families

A new development in Auckland is an example of community housing providers and agencies working together to house vulnerable families. The new 15-unit apartment block for transitional housing in Glen Eden is the result of a collaboration between Housing New Zealand and providers VisionWest, Monte Cecilia and Airedale Properties, with support from LifeWise.

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Frames go up on first KiwiBuild houses

The 18 three and four bedroom homes are the first houses to be built under the Government’s KiwiBuild programme. The houses are part of the McLennan Development on the site of former Defence Force land. The site became available for KiwiBuild after private developers...

REINZ calls for housing shortage to be tackled in budget

Housing New Zealand currently has a significant housing shortage across the country, and the Auckland shortage is around 60,000 properties alone. Until we’re able to start to back-fill some of that shortage, houses are only going to continue to remain unaffordable for...

​ Report shows dire need for healthy homes

The Massey University report found an increase of 45 per cent in the rates of Kiwi children hospitalised with asthma from 473 per 100,000 in 2002 to 688 per 100,000 in 2016. “One of the triggers for asthma is living in damp or mouldy houses. Until our Government...

The Nation: Leonie Freeman and Alan Johnson

Lisa Owen: This week, the government admitted it’s had to tinker with its KiwiBuild policy to make it work. A three-bedroom home in Auckland will now cost $50,000 more than Labour promised during the election campaign. And the houses might end up going to people who...

​ $100 million to tackle homelessness

“We’re pulling out all the stops to support people in need and urgently increase housing supply this winter. We’re also investing heavily in the future of the Housing First programme to support our most vulnerable homeless people and families,” says Phil Twyfor The...

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