Accessible Properties now owns and provides 112 social housing units. Six of these are rented to disability support services providers, and the remainder are rented to households at discounted, affordable rentals. Tenants are people with social support needs, with priority given to those with mobility difficulties or disabilities who can take best advantage of the special adaptions for accessibility.
Accessible Properties is on track to provide close on 200 social housing units by December 2015, including 61 units in Auckland. These houses are located in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, Hamilton and Wellington where there are greatest needs for supply of affordable rental housing. Almost all of these are new-build homes with special adaption for people with disabilities or limited mobility that are located in socially accepting neighbourhoods near public transport, shops and community facilities. Housing is grouped on sites and within suburbs to an extent that tenant friendship networks are possible, while achieving wider social cohesion through pepper-potting into communities. Most homes are on brownfield sites to make this possible. Sizes vary from 1-bedroom to 3-bedroom, and housing is a mixture of detached, duplex, terrace and apartment dwellings.
"These are exciting and challenging times – we look forward to further delivery of much-needed affordable rental housing for people with disabilities wishing to live independently in Auckland", says Andrew Wilson, General Manager, Accessible Properties Ltd