Posts Tagged ‘Housing Affordability’

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
housing

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
housing

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

Caritas’ musical submission to select committee on housing.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

‘There’s no place like home’ on violin played in support of Caritas’ submission on the Social Housing Reform Bill this week. Caritas Advocacy Coordinator Lisa Beech played the violin as part of her state housing story to show. Beech told the Committee how when she lived in Housing New Zealand flats in Petone, a long-time Read more

Don’t rush housing legislation through says Caritas

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A bill to introduce changes to the social housing sector announced in Budget 2013 passed its first reading in Parliament last Friday. The Social Housing Reform (Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Amendment Bill) allows private sector groups to be allowed to replace Housing New Zealand as providers of social housing. However, Catholic social justice agency Read more