More Homes Needed

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 15th August 2017 The Salvation Army’s call for 2,000 to 2,500 more State and social houses per year is strongly supported by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS).  The Salvation Army report “Taking Stock; The Demand for Social Housing in New Zealand” provides a well-balanced but sobering overview of…

Community Housing in Growth Mode

CHA-IMACT conference The 2017 Community Housing Aotearoa IMPACT conference was the biggest yet for the sector that is leading much of the change happening in social housing.There were around 300 people at Te Papa in Wellington and the atmosphere was vibrant and full of ideas for building homes and communities. This reflects the reality of…

Church Leaders ‘Robust Engagement’ with PM

There was “robust engagement with political leaders” on the issues of housing, refugees and social investment, says Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson, when church leaders met with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett in May. The church leaders at the meeting together with Archbishop Richardson, were Baptist Leader Daniel Palmer, Roman Catholic Cardinal…

Housing Policy Debate on 7th June

The first debate of the election year will ask political parties what they are doing to ensure all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, affordable homes. Hosted by Community Housing Aotearoa, Te Matapihi, Salvation Army, NZ Council of Christian Social Services, Platform and Prefab NZ the debate will focus on what is required to end…

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…