Public Housing Programme full steam ahead – Prime Minister

Public Housing Programme full steam ahead – Prime Minister

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says extra homes as part of an additional public housing programme have been delivered.

She'd called it a major government milestone as part of giving New Zealanders warmer home environments. It is a huge breakthrough for the state to achieve.

So far, between November 2017 and June 30 of this year, there have been 8,121 public housing places added by Kāinga Ora. This brings a total of 74,337 public housing places secured, including from Community Housing Providers.

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“New Zealanders now have an extra 8,000 warm, dry public housing places to call home, under a Government public housing programme that is full steam ahead,” PM Ardern said.

“Of the 74,337 households now being supported in public housing places, more than six thousand (6,503) are living in brand new public homes built since November 2017 under this Government.”

“We believe every New Zealander deserves to live in a warm, dry home and that the state has a role in helping make that happen. We have committed to adding over 18,000 public and transitional housing places by 2024, and this is well on track.”

It has been a great milestone to celebrate after opening six newly built one-bedroom state homes in Spreydon, Christchurch — delivering over 8,000 additional places.

The housing crisis was followed by a hands-off approach after the National government did a mass state housing sell-off.

There were about 1,500 fewer places as a result of this undermining to keep New Zealanders under a roof.

As part of resolving the crisis, rebuilding the public sector’s ability to plan and build new housing while also having more than tripled the amount of funding for Community Housing Providers (CHPs) will improve delivery to secure more housing.

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Housing Minister Megan Woods says there's an expectation for Kāinga Ora and the CHP sector to get as many houses as possible.

“While this isn’t always possible if they need to provide urgent housing, we have made great strides in adding new stock; about 87% of Kāinga Ora’s additional housing places (public and supported) delivered in the last financial year were new builds, from a low under National of just 24% in 2010/11,” she said.

“Our public housing programme is supporting people with rent subsidies and places to live, as well as enabling more new homes to be built with infrastructure investment, and intensification of housing following the demolition of old housing that is no longer fit for purpose.”

“We are seeing massive growth in construction activity in the housing sector, with new home consents at an all-time high of 44,299, in the year ended June 2021.”

Building new housing will support the construction industry and bring workforce development such as apprenticeships.

Image: SUPPLIED/Lynn Grieveson [Gettyimages]

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