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CHA newsletter 15 September, 2016

In this newsletter we have more information on events for the sector: NZCID Social Housing Funding Forum – 27 September in Auckland, National Māori Housing Conference, Social Investment in Community Housing: moving beyond traditional grant making and the panel discussion and CHA annual general meeting; plus research, news and events of interest to the community housing sector.

Housing situation now acute- Scott Figenshow in the news

CHA Executive Director , Scott Figenshow, was interviewed by Newshub and commented on how acute the housing situation has become. He says homelessness is now an "acute" problem that needs urgent attention. "We don't ask people to wait 30 weeks for heart surgery, do we? We shouldn't be asking people to wait in the housing system either."

$24.4m more for Auckland social housing

​The Government is giving an extra $24.4 million to community housing providers to increase the supply of social housing in Auckland. “We know the property market is extremely tight in Auckland at present, and it is no different for those organisations helping to house our most vulnerable citizens. This extra funding will allow community housing providers (CHPs) create more medium- to long-term social housing, and faster, where the need is most acute,” Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

CHRA guidance notes

Guidance notes from the Community Housing Regulatory Authority are available on their website and cover areas such as: Social Landlord: What sets you apart; separation of services; mandatory documents for annual regulatory reporting; the suspension and revocation process.

Te Puea Marae programme for homeless closes doors

​Te Puea Marae's winter programme for the homeless has been hailed a success after it sheltered 181 people in the last three months, including more than 100 children. It has been a beacon for families living in cars, garages and on streets and put the spotlight on homelessness and the emergency housing crisis. But its chairman, Hurimoana Dennis, says it cannot continue, as it relied on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers, some of whom put their lives on hold to help give destitute people a new start.​​

How can we provide decent affordable housing for our people?

Rising house prices are putting first home ownership out of reach for many Cantabrians. So how can we affordably provide decent housing for our people? Christchurch Dilemmas (on Radio New Zealand) asks how do first home buyers enter the housing market and looks for innovative housing solutions working both in Christchurch and around the world.

Mayoral candidate plans to set up NZs first “wet house” to tackle homelessness

Wellington mayoral candidate Justin Lester has committed to ending rough sleeping in the city and will start by establishing New Zealand’s first ever “wet house” for homeless alcoholics. Speaking with Stephanie McIntyre, Director of Wellington Downtown Community Ministry today, Justin outlined a plan to reduce homelessness and begging in Wellington.

Cold comfort for home buyers in Auckland

Independent economist Shamubeel Eaqub predicts slow change to Auckland's housing affordability in the wake of affordability requirements being dropped from the soon-to-be-introduced Unitary Plan. He disagrees with Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith's assertions that housing affordability will start being affected in the short term because of Unitary Plan changes taking effect from October.

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Mayor and MP welcome positive step in Hutt City housing

The meeting was to discuss Housing NZ’s (HNZ) plans to build 300 new units in Lower Hutt and also refurbish existing stock. Mayor Wallace says he welcomes the project as it will provide much needed, high-quality housing stock in Lower Hutt, and contribute...

Bill to ban tenant letting fees introduced

“Around half of all Kiwis now live in rented homes. This Bill could put up to $47 million into the pockets of Kiwi families each year. “This could make a real difference to struggling families. There are significant costs associated with moving to a new rental...

​How We Can Build The Kind Of Housing We Want And Need

Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge research - involving Professor Laurence Murphy in Auckland and Dr Bev James in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty - show that the Special Housing Areas legislation introduced in 2013 shows little...

​Northlanders living in cars as housing crisis hits hard

One Double Five Community House co-ordinator Carol Peters said Northlanders were living on streets, in emergency houses, in overcrowded houses and even in cowsheds. Peters said building cheaper houses was a way to alleviate the problem but that required partnership...

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