We must speak up about our housing crisis…

Families are paying to live in places that are simply not fit to live in, places that make them and their children sick. Catholic and Anglican church leaders, Cardinal John Dew and Archbishop Philip Richardson spoke out in response to the release of research by the Housing Foundation on the benefits of home ownership. “Families…

Election Issues 2017 – housing and inequality

The most recent Roy Morgan poll asking people ‘what is the biggest problem facing New Zealand’ shows that housing and homelessness have emerged to join inequality and poverty as the leading problems that people are concerned about. It will be no surprise that the on-going concerns of those working in social services in communities around…

Less Social Housing and Greater Need

Two Years on from the Church Housing Summit February 2015 Two years ago NZCCSS reported on the Churches Housing Summit held in February 2015 that was called in response to quickly changing government policies concerning state housing, social housing and community housing sectors (Social Housing – show Me the houses?). Two years later, what has…

18 for 4

A creative and affordable response to Auckland’s housing crisis – 8 social housing, 6 assisted ownership and 4 affordable homes built where 4 houses currently are. That is the idea being promoted by Auckland Community Housing Providers. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was at the event along with many others involved with housing in Auckland, to…

Homelessness: not so invisible any more

Report of the Inquiry into Homelessness For many years homelessness in New Zealand has been very much the invisible housing problem. NZCCSS and many other groups have called attention to the extent of the problem and for effective action to reduce homelessness. The generous and effective emergency response of Auckland’s Te Puea Marae earlier this…

Adding Life To Years as Renters

On a recent visit to Christchurch I had the opportunity to look around the Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) Wesley Village in Papanui. The wonderful team at CMM offer a wide range of support for older people as well as families and children. One long-standing part of their work is providing rental housing for older people…

More Funding for Community Housing

With the total number of social and community housing units (i.e. Housing NZ, council-owned and community-owned) now at the lowest level since the late 1940s (per thousand of population), the housing crisis for low-income New Zealanders shows no sign of improving, indeed homelessness, where people are on the streets or in other desperate situations, has…

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special: what we are looking for and what was announced NZCCSS is looking at the Budget announcements as always through the lens of the most vulnerable. We look for signs of real social investment that makes a difference for people on the margins (see also Scoop Budget 2016 coverage). The simple summary of…

Who is going to buy the state houses?

There are four groups interested in the purchase of state houses in Tauranga and Invercargill that have been asked by Government to submit proposals. The Government has announced the next stage of the social housing transfer process that includes three groups tendering for Tauranga housing and one for the Invercargill homes. Three of the four…

More Emergency Housing in Auckland

Community Housing Aotearoa together with Auckland Council have appointed a new Emergency Housing Coordinator, David Zussman, to work with emergency housing providers in Auckland to increase supply and capacity in the sector. In announcing this new role, Auckland Mayor Len Brown said: the Coordinator is working with “providers in the sector and central government to…

State Housing Transfers Law – Too Much Power?

There is concern about the very wide powers being granted to Government Ministers to sell off Housing NZ homes under legislation before Parliament. The Social Housing (Transaction Mandate) Bill is being promoted by the Government as a procedural Bill to help achieve the goal of transferring Housing NZ houses to non-government organisations as part of…