Social housing: ten new homes to be built in Massey, for families with acute needs

Ten new homes will be built in Massey by the Visionwest Community Trust, with the help of a grant from the government’s new social housing fund.

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Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced Government grants of $3.11 million have been given to help build 26 new social housing units in Auckland, Nelson and Canterbury.

“These are the first grants from the Government’s new $104 million Social Housing Fund to assist families with acute housing needs,” Dr Smith says.

“It is part of a deliberate strategy to expand the community provision of social housing to complement that provided by Housing New Zealand. These 26 units are targeted at people on low incomes and those with special needs.”

The successful community housing organisations are VisionWest Community Trust in West Auckland, the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust and ComCare Charitable Trust in Canterbury.

These organisations will contribute $3.87 million of their own money, resulting in nearly $7 million in new housing developments.

“The Social Housing Fund is part of a broad programme of reforms to increase the quantity, quality and affordability of homes for New Zealand families.

“It is not a magic bullet, but alongside our initiatives to free up land supply, reduce costs of infrastructure, improve productivity and reduce compliance costs it will help deliver more and better housing.”

The Social Housing Unit, which is responsible for allocating grants from the Social Housing Fund, will open a further funding round later this month.

Further Information

VisionWest Community Trust, Auckland
VisionWest provides short-term emergency accommodation and long-term supported housing in West Auckland. Its aim is to provide safe, healthy, affordable, quality housing for low-income families along with opportunities and resources for support in all aspects of tenants’ lives. The $1.69million in funding it has received through the SHF will go towards building 10 homes in the suburb of Massey.