$25.3 million deal for low income housing

Wednesday 16 May 2012 4:42 p.m.

153 affordable houses will be built for people with low incomes, disabilities or social needs

153 affordable houses will be built for people with low incomes, disabilities or social needs

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An extra 153 affordable houses will be built in Auckland under a $25.3 million deal to provide homes for people with low incomes, disabilities or social needs.

Housing Minister Phil Heatley has announced the allocation of money from the Social Housing Unit's growth fund to non-government organisations.

The majority of the new projects are in Auckland, with the New Zealand Housing Foundation receiving the largest share of funding with $8.86 million to build 68 homes in West Auckland, Takanini, Mt Albert and New Lynn, and a further two in Kaikohe in Northland.

Those homes will be targeted at low-income households where people work full-time but do not have enough income to buy a home without assistance, Mr Heatley says.

IHC subsidiary Accessible Properties NZ will receive $8.25 million to build 60 new houses throughout the country, including in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga, for people with intellectual disabilities.

A further $4.33 million will go to the Airedale Property Trust to build 22 homes in Mangere, targeted at Pacific families living in crowded or unsuitable houses.

Clusters of 31 one and two bedroom units will be built in the Auckland suburbs of Mt Roskill, Glen Innes, New Lynn and Royal Oak by Community of Refuge Trust, a community housing organisation that provides accommodation for people with social needs.

Mr Heatley last week announced the Social Housing Unit would give $2 million in Maori and rural funds for housing in the Far North, Wairoa and Gisborne, and just over $5 million in niche funds to organisations to build houses for low-income vulnerable families.

The Social Housing Unit has a total of $37.35 million to distribute in the current financial year.

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