Collaboration gives families new homes

The first of 14 families have begun moving into a new block of apartments in Auckland which are the result of a partnership between government agencies and community housing providers, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

“I am delighted that Housing New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development and three providers have worked together to ensure that 14 vulnerable families have somewhere safe and secure to live and where they will receive the help they need to address issues that may be holding them back,” Mrs Bennett says.

The Glen Eden apartments were bought by Housing New Zealand (HNZ) from a developer. Community provider VisionWest has leased the block and is sub-leasing some units to Monte Cecilia and Airedale Properties with support from LifeWise. They will provide wraparound services for tenants with funding from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

“A stable home is important in helping people get back on their feet. Providing these families with intensive support and social services is good for the parents, their children and their communities,” Mrs Bennett says.

“The Government is growing the community provider sector in social housing through partnerships such as this and through social housing transfers such as in Tauranga and the newly announced Christchurch transfer.

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