Posts Tagged ‘Housing Affordability’

Christchurch’s Anglican Dean on ‘difficult decision’ to step down to fund comfortable retirement

Monday, May 8th, 2023

One of the country’s top church officials is looking for a new job, so he can afford a house. Christchurch’s Anglican Dean, Lawrence Kimberley lives rent-free in a clergy house – with a stipend of $50,000 a year. He’s held the job since 2015, but has now decided to pursue a new career, aged 61, Read more

Catholic transitional housing provider stops taking new referrals

Monday, February 21st, 2022

For the first time in its 39-years history, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust has had to stop taking new referrals from families. Other transitional housing providers are impacted as well says Monte Cecilia Trust chief executive Bernie Smith. Smith says there are cheaper ways than private rentals to accommodate people who are homeless, and taxpayers should Read more

Children miss out on ‘kindness’

Monday, May 17th, 2021
child poverty

A Government report from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) says New Zealand’s poorest children are continuing to miss out. The new Child Poverty Related Indicators Report, released Thursday, found there has been no measurable improvement in housing conditions, preventable hospitalisations or food security. “The report shows our children are suffering unnecessarily. “Polling Read more

Why is it near impossible to produce affordable housing?

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
affordable housing

It is one of the biggest problems our country faces — we cannot produce the affordable housing that’s so desperately needed. But we can produce an overabundance of expensive homes. So why the massive disconnect between demand and supply? Without political ownership and a major overhaul of the current regulatory processes, affordable housing will never Read more

Developer promises millions to provide housing for most in need

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Ian Cassels, a well known Wellington property developer, has pledged to set aside $10,000 for charity from the profit of every high-end home he sells. Houses and apartments sold for over $800,000 would generate a donation to Wellington City Mission. The money will come from developments in the pipeline like Erskine College, inner-city apartments, and Read more

Record wait for families needing housing

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

The number of people waiting for public housing has almost doubled in the last 18 months. Some of the fastest growth took place last year and, at the end of March, 11,067 eligible households are waiting for a place to live. The near-record high statistics were released on Monday by the Ministry for Social Development Read more

Using church buildings to address housing crisis

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
housing crisis

Helen McIlvaine gets excited when she sees a church. Driving around her hometown of Alexandria, Va., on a bright and sunny morning last week, McIlvaine slowed the car at white spire after white spire. She turned her head, cocked an eyebrow and scrutinized each red-brick square on its grassy plot. “I sort of go past Read more

Budget: Inadequate response to affordable housing problem

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Two Catholic agencies have have welcomed more funding for emergency housing in the 2016 Budget. However they say little has been done to address the urgent need for more long-term secure and affordable housing. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Caritas says there is a noticeable lack of investment in building new homes. Of the announced $258 Read more

Band-aid Budget 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Budget largely fails to address the root causes of poverty, provide more affordable and social housing, or adequately protect our environment says the The Justice and Peace Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. The Commission says: The Budget fails to adequately address the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state as discussed Read more

Catholic Charities Hawai’i affordable housing program recognised

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Catholic Charities Hawaii has received the national Social Innovation award, from Catholic Charities USA,  for one of its successful affordable housing programs. The Hale Wai Vista Support Housing Services program, launched in collaboration with Prudential Locations, is a 215-unit affordable rental project. “This is a great example of a nonprofit organisation and private sector company partnering to address a Read more