Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Govt marks public housing milestone

The Government is marking a major milestone today, with the successful delivery of more than 12,000 additional public homes since October 2017.

Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins said the pace of delivery on public housing meant that on a yearly basis, the current Labour Government was delivering the most public homes since the second Labour Government in the 1950s.

“One in seven of all public homes in New Zealand have now been delivered by this Government,” said the Prime Minister.

“This is an impressive achievement, even more so when you consider that nearly ten thousand of them are brand new, warm dry homes.

“Our building programme has supported our economy in recent years, with 22,000 people involved in the building programme.”

He said New Zealand’s public home building programme was a key example of delivery for the Government.

“It has provided warm healthy homes, created jobs, and supported our economy over recent years,” he said.

Housing Minister, Megan Woods said the Government will soon release an updated Public Housing Plan that will focus on increasing public housing in regions with high need.

“Public housing is a vital part of our social support system that provides people at risk of homelessness or overcrowded housing with a stable and affordable place to live. This is not just about meeting the cost of a physical home, but also the ongoing rent support for people in public housing,” said Minister Woods.

“Our deep commitment to public housing extends beyond the 18,000 public and transitional houses that will be delivered by the end of 2024, with Budget 2023 adding another 3,000 public homes by June 2025.”

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