Bay of Plenty first in line for Social Housing reform

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bay of Plenty is one of the first regions selected for the proposed transfer of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) houses to registered Community Housing Providers and local MP Todd Muller is delighted.

“It is no surprise our area has been chosen to lead the social housing reforms. We have a strong and active community, a need for more social housing provision and I sense there will be strong local interest to be part of the social housing provision,” said Todd Muller.

“I see the demand in our community for improved social housing that really works for tenants.

“Social housing is not a one-size-fits all and at present there’s a disconnect between the housing families need, and the housing they receive.

“Our Community Housing Providers are on the ground and can recognise families with the greatest need. This is an exciting time as we give Community Housing Providers the opportunity to enter the social housing market,” said Todd Muller.

This Government’s Social Housing Reform Programme includes plans to transfer 1000 to 2000 HNZC houses to Community Housing Providers over the next year, no decisions have been made yet on how many of these transfers will be in the Bay of Plenty region.

“I want to reassure current HNZC tenants that their rights will not be affected if their landlord changes, anyone in this position will be housed for the duration of their need. Personal letters are being sent to HNZC tenants with further information.

The next step is consultation with iwi and hapū in the Bay of Plenty region to identify interests under the Treaty of Waitangi. Submissions will close on June 12.

The National-led Government’s wider Social Housing Reform Programme is designed to get more people in need into quality social housing. Government funding for social housing places is increasing and over time housing services will integrate more with other support services designed to help people move into housing independence.