Posts Tagged ‘Monte Cecilia Housing Trust’

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
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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
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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

Lockdown 2 increases demand for shelter

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Catholic emergency housing providers in Auckland are struggling to cope with increased demand for shelter as the COVID lockdown continues to wreak havoc on employment. Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive officer Bernie Smith puts the increased demand down to reduced working hours and increasing unemployment. Smith told NZ Catholic the Catholic housing trust received Read more

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust builds 30 new homes in Mangere

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Thirty homeless families in South Auckland will get new, modern houses this week, and working parents are among the first tenants. The Monte Cecilia Housing Trust has built the 30 two-bedroom units and its new offices on the site of an old rest home in Windrush Close, Mangere, at a cost of $12.5 million. Thirty Read more

KiwiBuild a ‘community trainwreck’

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A year after the coalition Government took office, its flagship housing plan KiwiBuild is barely off the ground. At this year’s Bruce Jesson Memorial lecture, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust’s Bernie Smith argued KiwiBuild’s flaws not only perpetuate housing unaffordability, but cause further intergenerational social problems. Bernie Smith tells an interesting story. After working in some of the Read more