Posts Tagged ‘Social Housing’

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

New rental housing legislation; tenants could be exploited

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Tenants could be exploited under proposed laws requiring rentals to be insulated and have smoke alarms, Catholic advocacy and aid agency Caritas Aotearoa says. Under the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, (RTA) ceiling and underfloor insulation will need to be retrofitted in social housing by July, and in all other rental homes by July 2019. It Read more

Salvation Army calls for law to ensure housing for children

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Salvation Army’s latest report, Invisible in the SuperCity, was triggered by staff seeing many working families left homeless because their wages couldn’t pay for housing Pauline’s story Pauline has three young children and a baby due in two months. Their rent became too high for her husband’s wages, and the family were left couch-surfing Read more

Salvation Army rubbishes new social housing rules

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Salvation Army has slammed the Government for a “harsh” new housing policy it says will do nothing to fix the shortage of homes. Major Campbell Roberts, the Salvation Army’s director of social policy, described new rules that would take applicants off the waiting list for three months if they decline a property as “harsh”. Read more

Auckland Council still intend to demolish Liston Village

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The Auckland Council says it is locked into a sale and purchase agreement made by the former Auckland City Council to purchase Liston Village from and the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. The deal involves progressively buying the Liston Village from the Catholic Church as units are vacated, expanding Monte Cecilia Park and rebuilding the Monte Read more

Liston Retirement Village vital to Auckland

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Liston Retirement Village could be demolished to improve access to an Auckland park. Auckland Council plans to extend Monte Cecilia Park in Hillsborough. This would require the removal of Liston Retirement Village. However a new report commissioned by the Puketapapa Local Board highlighted the lack of social housing options for the elderly. Continue reading Related Read more

People desensitised to poor housing – social worker

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

People have become desensitised to the number of Māori and Pasifika families living in poor housing, garages and even cars, a former South Auckland social worker says. George Makapatana, who has had 11-years of social work experience in South Auckland, said stories of vulnerable families living in garages or cars were met with shock years Read more

Cardinal Dew joins housing protesters

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Cardinal John Dew recently joined protesters concerned about empty Housing New Zealand properties and growing urgent housing lists. Dew told about 50 people at the protest on March 21 that 34,000 New Zealanders were either homeless or living in insecure homes. Good quality, safe shelter was a basic human right and New Zealand had a Read more

Salvation Army rejects buying state houses

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Salvation Army has decided against buying state houses off the Government, a blow the Labour Party says is “hugely embarrassing”. The decision came after a study to test its capacity to become a major social housing landlord. Prime Minister John Key confirmed earlier plans to go through the transfer in January. The plan is Read more

Govt must aid state houses sales: Salvation Army

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The Salvation Army, as a likely buyer of state houses says it is reviewing its involvement unless it can get either more capital from the Government or a very low price for the houses. Salvation Army social policy director Major Campbell Roberts says the army has brought in consultants to crunch the numbers and found Read more