Posts Tagged ‘Monte Cecilia Housing Trust’

Govt’s Affordable Housing Fund gets mixed response

Monday, July 25th, 2022
Affordable Housing Fund

The Government’s $350m Affordable Housing Fund is getting a mixed response from housing providers. It says it will start accepting applications for the Fund from community housing providers this week. The Fund will provide grants of up to 50 percent of the costs for affordable rental property developments. Some housing providers are positive. They say Read more

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO resigns

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
Monte Cecelia Bernie Smith

In what he described as the organisation’s ‘worst kept secret,’ Monte Cecilia Housing Trust’s CEO Bernie Smith has handed in his resignation. Smith, who joined Monte Cecilia in 2016, will step down at the beginning of September this year. “Bernie has contributed significantly to the organisation,” says Monte Cecilia Board Chair Ken Brophy. His achievements Read more

Catholic housing trust struggling to provide homes

Monday, July 11th, 2022
Trust struggling

A Government decision to cut funding for a rental scheme means Auckland’s Monte Cecilia Housing Trust is struggling to provide homes for families stuck in transitional housing. Last October the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) cut funding to organisations leasing existing private sector properties to help families out of temporary transitional housing. Under Read more

Monte Cecilia implores Government to address pay gaps

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust is one of 40 charities, community groups and unions that have joined together to implore the Government to change legislation to address the country’s gender and ethnic pay gaps. In an open letter to the Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern, Associate Minister for Workplace Relations Priyanca Read more

Not the time to quietly sell public and state house land to private developers

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

Government plans to sell public and state house land to private developers risks making the outlook for tens of thousands of New Zealand families worse, says Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO Bernie Smith. It’s been dubbed the sale of the century: in Auckland, 230ha to 270ha of public or state land is quietly being sold Read more

Blistering attack: Struggling families support way off the mark

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Support for struggling families, our homeless whanau and those living in poverty has not been up to the task for decades says Bernie Smith, CEO of Auckland’s Catholic Monte Cecilia Housing Trust. He is adamant. We might want to blame COVID and the war in Ukraine for our economic woes, he says. But everyone (except Read more

New Zealand’s rapidly rising cost of living is “absolutely a crisis”

Thursday, March 10th, 2022
cost of living is “absolutely a crisis"

New Zealand’s rapidly rising cost of living is “absolutely a crisis”, says Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO Bernie Smith. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that while rising living costs were impacting, she wouldn’t describe the situation as a crisis. However, the Catholic Housing Trust CEO with first-hand real-life experience of hardship is pushing back Read more

Policy change will leave NZ families with nowhere to go

Monday, September 13th, 2021

When 1 October arrives, 215 families in Monte Cecilia transitional housing will have nowhere to go. Until now, Monte Cecilia and similar places have used a “redirect contracts” initiative to house families. In this, they find private landlords willing to lease their house for at least a year, then create an agreement where the tenants Read more

Unmet need: in 40 years I’ve never seen it quite like this

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
unmet need

You may have heard an increasing number of child poverty experts and frontline support services calling on the Government to increase the amount of income support paid to effectively address poverty in New Zealand. What you may not have heard about is the recent UMR poll in February showing seven in 10 New Zealanders support Read more

New child poverty stats not reflective of current situation on the ground

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
child poverty stats

New child poverty statistics from Stats NZ paint an optimistic picture for the period before the 2020 Covid lockdowns, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO Bernie Smith says, but the months since then have been brutal for low-income earners and government support is desperately needed. “We’re always happy to see those arrows going in the right Read more